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The courage to say 'no'

· Pope Francis calls on the faithful in Caserta to protect their land rejecting every form of evil and violence ·

​And he invites them to experience the feast of their patron saint as a pure expression of faith free of all prejudice

To welcome Jesus inside you means having the courage to say 'no' to every kind of corruption, of unlawfulness, of evil and of violence. Pope Francis explained this to the faithful of Caserta during Mass on Saturday afternoon, 26 July, in the Carlo iii Square. “One who becomes a friend of God, loves his brothers and sisters, commits himself to safeguarding their life and their health, and to respecting the environment and nature”, the Pontiff said, continuing, “I know that you suffer because of these things. Today, when I arrived, one of you approached me and told me: Father may you give us hope. But I cannot give you hope, I can tell you that where Jesus is, there is hope; where Jesus is there is love for brothers and sisters, there is the commitment to safeguarding their life and their health and to respecting the environment and nature. This is the hope that never disappoints, the hope which Jesus gives! This is particularly important in this beautiful land which needs to be protected and conserved, which requires the courage to say no to every form of corruption and unlawfulness”.

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