Pope urges faithful not to lose hope during crises

6th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

In an Epiphany message, the head of the Roman Catholic Church told his followers not to lose faith in times of crisis.

ROME – Pope Benedict XVI told his followers not to lose faith in the face of current economic and social crises, as he celebrated mass Tuesday to mark the Christian celebration of Epiphany.

Man should "not lose hope... faced with the great social and economic crisis which is tormenting humanity, (despite) the hate and destructive violence constantly causing blood to be spilled across so many global regions," said the pontiff.

During the mass at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church drew attention to the effect of the financial crisis on morale.

"Even if have not met with apparent success or if we seem powerless in the face of hostile winds... our great hope rests on the promises of God," who gives us "the courage to act," said the pope.

The pope also referred to environmental problems afflicting the planet and called on humanity to "liberate human life and the world from poisons and pollution that can destroy its present and future."

[AFP / Expatica]

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