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Days of joy and hope

· During the General Audience on the eve of the Triduum, the Pope recalls his Journey to Mexico and Cuba ·

Appeal for a humanity free of the terrible threat of land mines

His Journey to Mexico and Cuba was marked by “unforgettable days of joy and hope” that “are carried in the heart” of the Pope. This is what Benedict XVI said during Wednesday's General Audience, 4 April, in St Peter's Square,  recalling some of the most meaningful moments. Mindful of the events that motivated his Visit – the bicentenary of the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries, two decades of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Holy See and the 400th anniversary of the rediscovery of the image of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Cuba – the Pontiff also reiterated  that with this pilgrimage “I want to embrace ideally the entire continent, inviting everyone to live together in hope and practical commitment to walk together toward a better future”.

After having retraced  various stages, the Pope drew a very positive assessment of the trip, declaring  that “it had met with the desired pastoral success”. Then he sent his best wishes to the Mexican and Cuban peoples: “May they obtain abundant fruit in order to build an ecclesial communion and with evangelical courage a future of peace and brotherhood”.

In the same Catechesis Benedict XVI spoke about the Easter Triduum, which starts Thursday afternoon with the Mass in cena Domini . Christ's entire mission, he underlined, “is directed to this hour, characterized by two aspects which illuminate one another”: that of “passage” and that of “love to the end” that allows “ the 'passage' of Christ himself across the abyss of evil and of death and it lets him exit it into the 'space' of the Resurrection”. Each one of us – he recalled - “was loved by Jesus unto his total gift of self  on the cross”. Hence the invitation is to let ourselves be reached and transformed by this love “so that the resurrection may be truly realized in us”. The Pope then turned his thoughts to the victims of land mines and encouraged “everyone committed to freeing humanity from these terrible and deceptive weapons”.




St. Peter’s Square

Feb. 24, 2020