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The non-violent answer

· Pope Francis underlines the importance of spiritual and moral reaction to war and terrorism and, on the occasion of his birthday, he receives a cake from the children of Catholic Italian ·

“Cumpleaños feliz! Happy Birthday to you”. The children and youth of Italian Catholic Action celebrated with Pope Francis on Thursday morning, 17 December, on the occasion of his seventy-ninth birthday. 

They sang a traditional song of good wishes in Spanish, his native language, and in Italian, and brought a cake with a red candle to the Vatican, sharing a moment of joy. The Pope has a special connection to children, as is reflected in the book “Letters to Pope Francis”, edited by journalist Alessandra Buzzetti, to which we dedicate the last page of our newspaper. The Pope personally gave his approval for the publication of the volume, the proceeds of which go to support patients of the Pediatric Dispensary of Santa Marta in the Vatican.

Greetings came from all over the world to Pope Francis, who, as usual, celebrated Mass and had a busy schedule in the morning. Before receiving the children of Catholic Action in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace — where he emphasized the importance of sharing “necessities with other kids who are deprived” —, the Pope had met with four new ambassadors at the Presentation of Letters of Credentials. He gave an address in the Clementine Hall which focused on the importance of having a mature conscience, which, in the face of terrorism and conflict in the world, does not react violently, “but spiritually and morally”.

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Sept. 23, 2018

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