“This year the embrace of God is more powerful than ever for all the children of this land, orphaned of embraces. His weeping was the announcement of peace and the passage from suffering to glory … God with us and us with God.”
“The people here simply don’t count. They have the feeling that the government doesn’t even exist here. We feel as though the state authorities have abandoned us.”
“There are many problems weighing on us. But when the Pope comes to visit us, he will give us new hope and confidence and some relief from this burden.”
“These children, who have never been allowed to be loved as ‘sons or daughters,’ need first of all to be able to live the experience of being loved before they themselves can begin to love.”
The 58-year-old Italian Carmelite Father Aurelio Gazzera came out of his room to find himself suddenly face-to-face with two armed men.
“Despite everything, we look towards the future with hope, because we know that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Master of history, and that in His hands lie all our history and life.”
“There is a great deal of discrimination and persecution that is either continuing in a less conspicuous way or else receiving very little publicity in the world media.”