29 August 2021 | Angelus


Saint Peter's Square

After the Angelus:
Dear brothers and sisters, with great concern I am following the situation in
Afghanistan, and I take part in the suffering of those who are grieving for the
persons who lost their lives in the suicide attacks that happened last Thursday,
and of those who are seeking help and protection. I entrust the deceased to the
mercy of Almighty God and I thank those who are striving to help that
population so tried, in particular the women and children. I ask everyone to
continue to help the needy and to pray that dialogue and solidarity may lead to
the establishment of a peaceful and fraternal coexistence and offer hope for the
country’s future. In historic moments like this one we cannot remain indifferent;
the history of the Church teaches us this. As Christians this situation involves us.
For this reason I address an appeal, to everyone, to intensify your prayer and
practice fasting. Prayer and fasting, prayer and penance. This is the moment to
do so. I am speaking seriously: intensify your prayer and practice fasting, asking
the Lord for mercy and forgiveness. […]