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Recover harmony, Pope urges German Catholic gathering

May 27, 2016

"It is not doing, or external success that counts," Pope Francis said in a video message to German Catholics, "but the capacity to stop, to look up, to be attentive towards others and to offer them what is truly missing."

In his message to the Katholikentag gathering, the Pope reminded participants of the need "to recover a serene harmony with the world, with creation, and also with the Creator." He remarked: "Many people live in a constant hurry."

Commenting on the theme for the German gathering-- "Behold the man!"-- the Pope said: 

So often we find that man is mistreated in society. We see how others judge the value of his life and how they cause him, in old age and sickness, to die too soon. We see how people are compromised, beaten down here and there, and deprived of their dignity, because they are without employment or are refugees. We see here the suffering and martyred Jesus, Whose gaze falls on the evil and brutality, in all their dimensions, that men suffer or make each other suffer in this world.

 
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