Pope Francis' warning: “Let us not be fooled by populism or follow false messiahs”

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The pontiff celebrated the 6th World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis' warning: “Let us not be fooled by populism or follow false messiahs”

Pope Francis leads a holy mass in St. Peter's Basilica on the World Day of the Poor at the Vatican, November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Pope Francis b> urged “not to be fooled” by “populism” or by “false messiahs”, who “proclaim useful recipes only to increase the wealth of a few”, during the mass celebrated this Sunday in the basilica of San Pedro on the occasion of the VI World Day of the Poor.

”Let us not be seduced by the siren songs of populism, which exploits the needs of the people by proposing solutions that are too easy and hasty. Let's not follow the false 'messiahs' who, in the name of profit, proclaim useful recipes only to increase the wealth of a few, condemning the poor to marginalization”, he said.

< p class="paragraph">The pontiff, who at the end of the mass will offer a lunch in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican to 1,300 needys, many of them present at the Mass, assured in his homily that the best response is “to build a more fraternal world” breaking “that inner deafness that prevents us from hearing the muffled cry of pain of the most weak.”

”We live in wounded societies and witness (…) scenes of violence, injustice and persecution; In addition, we must face the crisis generated by climate change and the pandemic, which has left behind a trail of discomfort not only physical, but also psychological, economic and social”, explained Francisco, who officiated the homily seated because of his knee pain.

Pope Francis' warning: “Let us not be fooled by populism or follow false messiahs”

“We cannot stay, like those of whom the Gospel speaks, admiring the beautiful stones of the temple, without recognizing the true temple of God, which is the human being, especially the poor, in whose face, in whose history, in whose wounds there is Jesus. He said that. Let us never forget it”, Francisco concluded. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

In front of the hundreds of faithful who attended it, concelebrated by 22 cardinals, the Pope highlighted “the misfortune of war, which causes the death of so many innocents and multiplies the poison of hatred” and to the many who “migrate in search of hope” and to those who “live in precariousness due to lack of employment due to unfair and unworthy working conditions”.< /p>

“And also today the poor are the most penalized victims of each crisis”, he stressed, “but if our hearts remain numb and insensitive, we cannot hear their weak cry of pain, cry with them and for them, see how much loneliness and anguish they hide also in the most forgotten corners of our cities”, where there is “so much misery and pain”.

That is why we must be vigilant to “not be fooled” by “populism” or the “false messiahs”: “Let us courageously commit ourselves to justice, legality and peace, being on the side of the weak”, he emphasized.

“We cannot stay, like those of whom the Gospel speaks, admiring the beautiful stones of the temple, without recognizing the true temple of God, which is the human being, especially the poor, in whose face, in whose history, in whose wounds there is Jesus. He said that. Let us never forget it”, Francis concluded.

Pope Francis' warning: “Let us not be fooled by populism let's not follow populism or follow false messiahs”

”Let us not be seduced by the siren songs of populism, which exploits the needs of the people by proposing solutions that are too easy and hasty. Let us not follow the false 'messiahs' who, in the name of profit, proclaim useful recipes only to increase the wealth of a few, condemning the poor to marginalization”, he said. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The World Day of the Poor is celebrated at the initiative of Francis “to urge the Church to 'go outside' its walls and find poverty in the multiple meanings in which it manifests itself in today's world”, according to the Vatican, which during this week it has organized several initiatives to help those most in need.

Thus, “mobile clinics” were set up in Saint Peter's Square that have provided free general medical examinations, electrocardiograms, analysis blood tests, flu shots and Covid tests and screening for HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis.

In addition, food has been distributed throughout Rome for 5,000 families in need , who have also been helped to pay their gas and electricity bills.

In Italy, in 2021, the number of people living in absolute poverty amounted to 5.6 million , of which 1.4 million were children, according to Cáritas.

(with information from EFE)

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