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Bring light to the world, Cardinal Parolin exhorts pilgrims at Rosary shrine

May 08, 2014

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrated Mass at the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary in Pompeii, Italy, in May 8, referring to the shrine as “a place where charity has pitched her tent.”

Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, was presiding at annual pilgrimage to the shrine founded by Blessed Bartolo Longo. In his homily the cardinal said that the shrine was a testimony to the faith and charity that transform a society.

“No problem, no fear, no matter how strong or reasonable it may be, can drive away a hope that here is made manifest as concrete,” Cardinal Parolin said. He spoke of the “new Pompeii” at the shrine as a “new beginning,” replacing the ruins of the ancient city.

Cardinal Parolin told his congregation that the Lord asks three things of his disciples every day: to proclaim the faith, to put that faith into practice by love of neighbor, and to bear witness as “light for the world.”


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