Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope hopes for Gypsy integration into European society

Catholic World News - June 13, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI met on June 11 with 2,000 Gypsies, and told them—using the words of Pope Paul VI—“You are in the heart of the Church."

The Gypsies, coming from many different European countries, had gathered in Rome to celebrate the 150th birthday of the birth of Blessed Ceferino Gimenez Malla, the first Gypsy to be beatified. He encouraged them to follow the example of Blessed Ceferino, strengthening their lives of prayer and devotion, so that they will have the spiritual strength “to face the risks that sects and other groups place upon your communion with the Church.”

Reflecting on the history of the Gypsies, the Pope remarked: “You have been left without a home and have come to consider the entire continent as your home.” He acknowledged that Gypsies have often “known the bitter taste of rejection,” and faced particularly brutal persecution under the Nazi regime, when many thousands were systematically killed in concentration camps. “The European conscience must not forget such pain,” the Pope insisted.

Today, Pope Benedict said, Gypsies have an opportunity to help build a new European society, providing fair treatment to all. He urged them: “Offer your active and sincere cooperation so that your families may be worthily established in the social fabric of Europe.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($22,308 to go):
$35,000.00 $12,692.44
64% 36%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action 13 hours ago
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19
The cause for beatification of Archbishop Romero: BBC botched the story August 19
Church Fathers: The Didache and the Epistle of Barnabas August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8