· At the Angelus in St Peter’s Square the Pope recalls his recent travels in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay ·
Pope Francis emphasized that “the Latin American Continent has great human and spiritual potential”, as he addressed the crowd in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 19 July. He spoke about his “unforgettable” journey to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, to the numerous faithful who, despite the heat, were present for the Angelus.
Referring to the day’s Readings, which outline the spiritual characteristics of the Good Shepherd, the Pope explained that he had asked the Lord that he should be guided by “the Spirit of Jesus, the Good Shepherd”. He thus thanked “the peoples of the three countries for their warm and affectionate welcome and enthusiasm”, and renewed his “recognition of the Authorities of these countries for their welcome and cooperation”. Francis then praised the wonders that the Lord “has worked in those lands, through the faith”, of these peoples, a faith which “enlivens their life and their culture” and “the natural beauty with which he has enriched these countries”. He stated that “the Latin American continent safeguards deeply rooted Christian values, but also experiences serious social and economic problems”. To aid in resolving them, he added, “the Church is committed to mobilize the spiritual and moral forces of its communities”. The Pope wished “that the outstanding religiosity of those peoples may always bear faithful witness to the Gospel”.
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