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Pope in Mexico: Father Lombardi, “great ability to bring the Lord’s love”

The “Pope’s great wish” and “the Pope’s great capacity to show, to bring the Lord’s love through the love lived in Christian life by those who receive love and communicate it to other people”. According to father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Newsroom, this is the “message” sent yesterday by the Pontiff during his visit to the “Federico Gomez” children hospital in Mexico City, during which he greeted, one by one, dozens of sick children sitting next to their parents and received letters and drawings from them. In an interview with the Vatican Radio, father Lombardi places emphasis on the Pope’s “gift” to “show support and tenderness, even quite physically, to stroke, to hug; to touch his meetings with great affection, with generous, tender love, which the Pope can show, is obviously a great comfort”. The director of the Vatican Newsroom also mentions the contents of the sermon of the Mass at Ecatepec, a suburban area of the capital, pointing out that Francis went to the heart of the Christian message of conversion: “The temptations of Christ are truly a door through which one should enter with discernment, by searching one’s soul and the soul of the society that surrounds us. The temptation of having, the temptation of vanity, the temptation of power and the temptation of wanting to stand above other people are so essential and deeply-rooted that they always apply”. Lastly, he mentioned how the Pontiff was received at Ecatepec, where there were 300 thousand people, but maybe even more, he points out, by those who greeted Francis along the nine kilometres that separate the heliport of the Study Centre where a stage had been put up for the Pope’s Mass.

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