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Pope Francis: We have fallen into globalised indifference


Rome Reports: Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Lampedusa.

From, 8 July

“Adam, where are you?” Cain, where is your brother?”

These two questions, one posed to Adam after his disobedience and the other to Cain, after killing his brother, are also asked to us by God, the Pope said during his homily at an open-air Mass celebrated on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Pope Francis traveled to the island, located roughly 75 miles from Tunisia, in what was a somber, penitential visit, focusing his attention on the thousands of African migrants who enter Italy through Lampedusa in search of a better life. Of the many who have made the treacherous journey to the Italian island throughout the past several years, an estimated 20,000 have lost their lives at sea. Prior to his arrival, the Holy Father laid a wreath in the middle of the ocean to commemorate those who have perished.

The two questions asked by God, the Holy Father said at the beginning of his homily, echo today more than ever. They are questions that call to mind one’s inattentiveness to those who suffer around us. When humanity loses its bearings, the results are tragedies like the countless men, women, and children who died at sea.

“Where is your brother?" His blood cries out to me, says the Lord.” the Holy Father said citing the first reading. “This is not a question directed to others; it is a question directed to me, to you, to each of us. These brothers and sisters of ours were trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace; they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death. How often do such people fail to find understanding, fail to find acceptance, fail to find solidarity. And their cry rises up to God!”

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