Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and welcome!
Thank you for this visit. I thank my friend Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori for his
presentation. Thank you, Arnoldo.
I greet the detainees from the prisons of San Vittore in Milan, Opera and Alba, with
the director and staff. I congratulate you on your work. They are artisanal activities,
and also have a symbolic Christian value: preparing the hosts for the Eucharistic
celebration; making musical instruments from wood recovered from boats that
carried migrants; carpentry, like Saint Joseph and Jesus; the production of wine,
which is the symbol of the feast – remember the wedding at Cana!
I greet the refugees who perform tailoring work.
I greet the young mothers with their children.
I greet the people with disabilities, who also collaborate in preparing the hosts and
I greet the musicians of the multi-ethnic orchestra, with the directors and Maestro
Piovani, who composed the music for “Violino del mare”.
I greet the people from Spain, Brazil and Argentina, as well as the volunteers and
I thank you all because you are a seed of hope. With the support of the “House of
the Spirit and the Arts”, you give signs that are contrary to the unfortunately
widespread culture of rejection. Instead you seek to build, with the “discarded
stones”, a house where one breathes an air of social friendship and fraternity. Not
everything is easy – we know – it is not entirely a “bed of roses”! Each one of us
has his or her limits, mistakes and sins. All of us. But God’s mercy is greater, and if
we welcome each other as brothers and sisters, he forgives us and he helps us go
Brothers and sisters, let us remember with gratitude all those who contribute to the
work of the Foundation; and a grateful and prayerful thought goes in particular to
Ms. Marisa Baldoni.
I thank you once again and I encourage you to continue on your way. May Our Lady
and Saint Joseph accompany you. May you always have among you and in your
workshops the spirit of the house of Nazareth! I bless you with affection. And you,
please, do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.