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Pace and security for the Congolese

· Appeal of the Pope on the eve of his return from Castel Gandolfo ·

Material goods should be used with fairness and morality with a view to the common good

The Pope appealed for the Congolese peoples who “because of persistent armed conflicts are subjected to suffering, violence and severe hardship”. At the Angelus on Sunday, 30 September – the last to be recited at Castel Gandolfo before his return to the Vatican on Monday morning, 1 October – Benedict XVI  expressed his “affection and concern” for the refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in particular for the women and children. “I pray God”, he said, “that peaceful ways may be found for dialogue and for the protection of so many innocent people”. I also pray that as soon as possible peace founded on justice may be re-established, and that brotherly existence be restored among this most harshly tried people and throughout the Region”.

Earlier, before reciting the Marian prayer the Pope had commented on the Gospel passage from the Sunday liturgy (Mk 9: 38-41), borrowing the words of St Augustine: “as, therefore, there is in the Catholic Church something which is not Catholic, so there may be something which is Catholic outside the Catholic Church”. Hence the appeal to believers who, “if a stranger to the community does good works in Christ’s name, as long as he does so with upright intentions and with respect... must not feel jealous but must rejoice”.

For the Pope it can also happen, at times, “even within the Church that people find it difficult to make the most of and appreciate in a spirit of profound communion the good things done by the various ecclesial entities. Instead”, he urged, “we must all and always be able to appreciate one another, praising God for the infinite     'creativity' with which he acts in the Church and in the world”.

Lastly, Benedict XVI referred to the Apostle James' words “against the dishonest rich who rely on wealth accumulated by abuse”. They are words, he said, “which put us on our guard against the worthless desire for material goods, and “are a powerful appeal to use them with a view to solidarity and the common good, always acting with fairness and morality at all levels”.

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