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Cardinal: Pope’s trip to Latin America is ‘authentic springtime’ for the Church

July 16, 2015

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In an essay published on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia said that Pope Francis’ trip to Latin America marks “a new season, an authentic springtime” for the Church.

This season, said Cardinal Bassetti, is taking place in nations at the “peripheries.”

In this springtime, one can “no longer separate the defense of human dignity, the protection of creation, and the strengthening of the family, the denunciation of the unjust economy,” he added, since each is “united to the mystery of the Incarnation.”

The great themes of opening and closing papal addresses of the Second Vatican Council-- the need to apply “medicinal mercy” rather than heed “prophets of doom,” and the spirituality of the Good Samaritan-- remain relevant today, Cardinal Bassetti said.


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