.- On his flight to Rome from Baghdad on Monday, Pope Francis said that Iraq’s top Shiite cleric is a “humble and wise man,” and their March 6 meeting had a “universal message” about the importance of fraternity.
“I believe it was a universal message,” Pope Francis responded. “I felt the duty of this pilgrimage of faith and penance to go and find a great, a wise man, a man of God.”
Francis added that these qualities could be perceived only by listening to al-Sistani. “This meeting did my soul good. He is a light,” he said.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) Asked about relations with Islam and his meeting with Al-Sistani, Francis answered by revealing that the Abu Dhabi document “was prepared with the Grand Imam in secret, over six months.” It was “a first step” and “we can say that this was the second and that there will be more.”
It also happens the same with the saints, who are not only those who are on the altars, they are the everyday saints, the ones I call “next-door saints.” Men and women who live their faith, whatever it may be, with coherence. Who live human values with coherence, fraternity with coherence. I believe that we should discover these people, highlight them, because there are so many examples. When there are scandals in the Church, many, this does not help, but we show the people seeking the path of fraternity. The saints next door. And we will find the people of our family, for sure. For sure a few grandpas, a few grandmas.
|“The flatterer is a servant of the devils, a teacher of pride, the destroyer of contrition, a ruiner of virtues, a perverse guide (a misleader)”. Saint John Climacus|
“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.”
I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. - John 5:43