An invitation to hope in the sign of Saint Paul was addressed to the bishops of Myanmar by the Pope today. The Pope received Myanmar bishops in audience at the end of the Ad Limina visit. "The Church in Myanmar is known and admired for its solidarity to the poor and the people in need. It has been particularly evident through the preoccupation you expressed as a consequence of the Margis cyclone", stated the Pope. Benedict XVI wished that "following the agreement recently reached on the assistance by the international community, all the people available for help may be able to supply the assistance required and to access the places where it is necessary to a higher extent". "May God open everybody’s heart", he added, "so as a common effort may be made to stimulate and coordinate the measures meant to console the people who are suffering, and to reconstruct the infrastructures of the country". Then, Benedict XVI expressed "sincere gratefulness for the faithful ministry" of the bishops and, just before the beginning of the Pauline Year, he invited them to follow the example of Saint Paul, in the certainty that "nothing – neither affliction, persecution, hunger, nor the things present, nor the future ones – can separate us from God’s love in Jesus Christ, our Lord". ” ” ” “

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