The Pontiff’s letter-announcement: «It will be able to favor the recomposition of a climate of hope. It will be a sign of a renewed rebirth ». But we must not “close our eyes to rampant poverty”. And we need to “take care of the Earth”
VATICAN CITY. Jorge Mario Bergoglio looks to the future of the world after the global Covid epidemic. He officially announces the 2025 Jubilee, which will focus on solidarity and the environment. It will be able to favor “the recomposition of a climate of hope”, and become a sign “of a renewed rebirth”. Pope Francis writes this in a letter to the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Monsignor Salvatore “Rino” Fisichella, in charge of organizing the event.
The Pope has chosen «the motto“ Pilgrims of hope ”. However, all this will be possible if we are able to recover the sense of universal brotherhood, if we do not close our eyes to the drama of rampant poverty that prevents millions of men, women, young people and children from living in a way worthy of human beings. I am thinking especially of the many refugees forced to abandon their lands. The voices of the poor are to be heard in this time of preparation for the Jubilee which, according to the biblical command, gives everyone back access to the fruits of the earth ”.
The indications for celebrating the 2025 Jubilee will be contained, according to custom, with the bull of indictment that will be issued “in due course”, but in the meantime the Bishop of Rome indicates that the previous year, 2024, is dedicated to prayer: in this time «of preparation, from now on I am happy to think that the year preceding the Jubilee event, 2024, can be dedicated to a great” symphony “of prayer. First of all to recover the desire to be in the presence of the Lord, to listen to him and to adore him. Prayer, moreover, to thank God for the many gifts of his love for us and to praise his work in creation, which commits everyone to respect and to concrete and responsible action to safeguard him. Prayer as a voice of the lonely heart and of the lonely soul that translates into solidarity and the sharing of daily bread. Prayer that allows every man and woman of this world to turn to the one God, to express to him what is placed in the secret of the heart. Prayer as the main way to holiness, which leads to living contemplation even in the midst of action “. In short, an “intense year of prayer, in which hearts open to receive the abundance of grace, making the” Our Father “, the prayer that Jesus taught us, the life program of each of his disciples”.
The Covid pandemic can be overcome if we act with “effective solidarity” by making available to all “the discoveries of science”, Francis also affirms. The Pope assures us: «We have full confidence that the epidemic can be overcome and that the world will rediscover its rhythms of personal relationships and social life. This will be more easily attainable – he highlights – to the extent that we act with effective solidarity, so that the most destitute populations are not neglected, but we can share with all both the scientific discoveries and the necessary medicines ».
In addition to solidarity, the Jubilee of 2025 will have to put care for the environment at the center: «I hope that the next Jubilee Year will also be celebrated and lived with this intention. In fact, an ever increasing number of people, including many young and very young people, recognize that care for creation is an essential expression of faith in God and obedience to his will ”.
The Pontiff entrusts “to you, dear Brother – he says, turning to Rino Fisichella – the responsibility of finding the appropriate forms so that the Holy Year can be prepared and celebrated with intense faith, lively hope and active charity”.
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