delivered a New Year's address
in Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome
on Friday during mass,
and calls on everyone
to end indifference among other things.
Thousands of people gathered
to hear Him celebrate the mass.
"How can the fullness of time have come
when we are witnessing
hordes of men, women and children
fleeing war, hunger and persecution
ready to risk their lives simply
to encounter respect for their fundamental rights?
A torrent of misery, swollen by sin,
seems to contradict the fullness of time
brought by Christ."
"Sometimes we ask ourselves
how it is possible
that human injustice persists unabated
and that the arrogance of the powerful
continues to demean the weak
relegating them to the most squalid outskirts
of our world.
We ask how long human evil
will continue to sow violence
and hatred in our world
reaping innocent victims.
And yet this swollen torrent is powerless
before the ocean of mercy which floods our world.
All of us are called to immerse ourselves
in this ocean,
to let ourselves be reborn
to overcome the indifference
which blocks solidarity
and to leave behind the false neutrality
which prevents sharing..."
This is a great message we should listen to
and do in any way we can.
The Pope is a "Living Saint" for us Catholics
and every word he says we consider
as if it was the word of God.