THE POPE AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: ”THOSE WHO DO ACTS OF MERCY ARE NOT AFRAID OF DEATH”

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“The sign of a true civilization, human and Christian consists in focusing social and political attention on the most disadvantaged people”. It is a passage from the speech given by Pope Francis during his visit to Children’s Hospital of Prokocim. In the lobby of the hospital, in front of the Blessed Mary Szydło, the Polish Prime Minister and 50 young patients with their parents, the Holy Father expressed his desire to “be able to stay a bit next to every sick child, by their bed, hug them one by one “making” silence before questions that have no immediate answers.” “I wish so much that, as Christians – he added -, we were able to stay next to those who are sick, like Jesus, in silence, with a caress, with prayer. Our society is unfortunately polluted by the culture of waste, which is the opposite of the culture of reception and welcoming.”

The Bishop of Rome highlighted the cruelty of this situation that creates victims among “the weakest, the most fragile.” According to Pope Bergoglio, “serving people who need help with love and tenderness enhances everyone’s humanity; and it opens the passage to eternal life in front of us: those who do acts of mercy are not afraid of death.” The successor of Peter, finally, continued his visit to some lanes of the emergencies department in a strictly private manner, spending some time with the parents of some young patients. Then, he reached the hospital chapel in silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The next step of his journey is the Way of the Cross with the young people in Błonia esplanade.

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