Chile - Welcome Pope Francis! Two Salesian bishops receive the Holy Father.

05 January 2018

(ANS - Santiago) – A few days from now, the Holy Father will visit two Latin American countries: Chile and Peru. In these nations, the Salesians work together with the people in difficult situations of conflict. Chile proposed as a theme: "My peace I give you", a phrase Jesus addressed to his disciples at the Last Supper. Two Salesian bishops will welcome the Holy Father in their respective dioceses: Bishop Héctor Vargas Bastidas, SDB, bishop of Temuco, and the Archbishop of Santiago, Cardenal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, SDB, who sent a message to all the congregations motivating the Pope Francis' visit to Chile:

"In a few days we will receive the visit of the 'Vicar of Christ', Pope Francis. He arrives in our city and in our country. It is a great gift for the Catholic Church, but also for all men and women of good will who want to hear the message of peace, understanding and fraternity that he brings us.

Pope Francis comes to visit a church that is constantly reaching out and living "outwards", considering the initiatives in caring for the material and existential peripheries that influence believers and non-believers alike with an essential question: "What can I do for you?", a question posed with humility and gratitude, without wishing for anything in return, done in the hope that does not deceive, that hope that only the Son of God can offer you.

The visit of Pope Francis ... is an opportunity to heal old and new wounds and propose new and demanding challenges in the greater aim of making Chile a home for all, a country where we create greater cohesion, take care of each other ... At your invitation: 'Do not forget to pray for me', we recommend you to the Virgin of Carmen."

The current context of the Chilean Church is difficult and complicated, and for this reason he has decided to meet with young people, with the reality of the indigenous, and the Mapuches. Welcome Pope Francis!


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