Pope’s ‘road signs’ point way to justice and peace

Families taking refuge in tents in the portico of Rome

Catholics striving to bring greater justice and hope to the world need to see the suffering people around them, stop to help and be open to continual conversion, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Crux.

In a message to participants in the Church in Italy’s Social Week, Pope Francis used the image of three road signs that he said would help guide Catholics and Catholic organisations committed to promoting justice and peace, ending poverty, assisting migrants and safeguarding creation.

The first sign, he said, is a reminder to “watch the crossings”.

“Too many people cross our paths while they are in despair,” he said, including young people forced to migrate, the unemployed, women forced to choose between motherhood and a job, elderly people who are abandoned and businesses subject to threats by the Mafia.

“These are faces and stories that challenge us: we cannot remain indifferent,” the pope said.

The second sign says, “No parking,” the pope said.

Members of a diocese, parish or Church agency can get tired with all the challenges they face, but “God’s love is never static,” he said. “It impels us and forbids us to stop. It sets us in motion as believers and disciples of Jesus on our way through the streets of the world, following the example of the One who is the way and has walked our roads.”

“A third road sign is the obligation to turn,” he said. “What awaits us is a profound conversion that touches not only environmental ecology but also human ecology, the ecology of the heart.”

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Pope says creating a better world means seeing, helping, converting (By Cindy Wooden, Crux

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