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Mary gazes on God and the suffering, cardinal says at Rosary shrine

May 10, 2016

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, presided at the traditional supplication to the Blessed Mother at the Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei on May 8.

Preaching to tens of thousands at an outdoor Mass, Cardinal Ravasi said that the Virgin Mary gazes upward toward God and downward to suffering humanity.

Referring to various forms of suffering—the war in Syria, elderly persons who have been forgotten, parents in anguish over a child’s drug use, violence, or unemployment—Cardinal Ravasi said that the phrase “be not afraid,” beloved by St. John Paul II, appears in Sacred Scripture 365 times, and thus is akin to God’s greeting each morning.

 
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