Gathering with the bishops of Peru, the Pope began his message speaking of the great bishop Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo, proposing him as an example of a pastor: "He wanted to go to the other (river) bank in search of those who were faraway and those who were missing. To this end, he had to leave the comforts of the bishopric and travel across the territory entrusted to him, in continuous pastoral visits, trying to reach and stay wherever he was needed (...). Today we would call him a 'street' bishop. A bishop with the soles of his shoes consumed by walking, from encounters to announce the Gospel to everyone, in all places, on all occasions, without delay, without repulsion and without fear."
We are in the first weeks of a new year, which means a blank page wherein to write a new chapter in our lives. With the new year, one makes resolutions and looks at the calendar thinking about commitments to be made and forthcoming holidays to enjoy. Surely none of us would stop for a moment to think about the possibility of not reaching the end of the year...
Telecommunications companies intensify their sales promotions during the Christmas season and it is very clear to them that immigrants need to talk with friends and family.
If we wanted to find a metaphor to fully describe the revolution caused to society since the introduction and use of the Internet, we could certainly compare this phenomenon to the discovery of a new planet, a new continent, a territory continuously being explored that we cannot manage to fully fathom, one we repeatedly marvel at, that surprises us with ever-new aspects and unexpressed potential.