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Bridges, not walls

· At the Angelus the Pope recalls the fall of the Berlin Wall and calls seminarians to fraternity, prayer, mission ·

Pope Francis called for “bridges, not walls” at the Angelus on Sunday, 9 November – the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – inviting the faithful in St Peter's Square to pray so that “a culture of encounter” will be to bring “down all the walls which still divide the world”.

Remembering the fall of “a symbol of the ideological division of Europe and of the world as a whole”, the Pope spoke of the “long and strenuous commitment of so many people who fought, prayed and suffered for it, some sacrificed their lives”. Among these, Francis wished to recall the figure of John Paul II, underlining his “role as a protagonist” in the events which led to the fall of the Wall. May innocent people no longer “be persecuted and even killed on account of their belief and their religion”, the Holy Father wished, also underlining that “where there is a wall, there is a closed heart”.

Previously, speaking of the Feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the Cathedral of Rome, the Pope referred to the need to “overcome the confines of enmity and indifference” by way of building “bridges of understanding and dialogue... to make of the entire world one family of people reconciled among themselves, in fraternal solidarity.”




St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 21, 2019