POPE FRANCIS: TO BOSNIAN BISHOPS, "SUPPORT THE WEAK AND THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY"

"Don’t save your energy and support the weak, help those who wish to remain in their homeland legitimately and honestly, meet the spiritual hunger of those who believe in the indelible values originating from the Gospel, the values which are the foundations of the lives of your communities. Animated by the balsam of faith, your example and your preaching, they will be able to strengthen their pursuit of goodness". It was the encouragement of Pope Francis to the bishops of Bosnia Herzegovina received ad limina today, a sort of prologue to his pastoral visit to Sarajevo next 6 June. In his speech, the Pontiff touched several issues, including emigration, evoking "the difficulty of return for many citizens, few working opportunities, family instability, the social and affection laceration of whole communities, operational difficulties of several parishes, the memories of the conflict, still alive, on both personal and community level, while soul wounds are still causing pain. That generates bitterness and anxieties in your pastor souls, I know that well". "The Pope and the Church – said Francis to the bishops – are with you, with prayers, and the real support of your programmes in favour of anyone living in your territories, with no distinction". (Continued)” “

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