Pope Sends Message for the 90th Anniversary of Christ the Redeemer

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In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the inauguration of Christ the Redeemer, Pope Francis addressed a message to the Brazilian people

Newsroom – Vatican City (October 15, 2021, 10:30 AM, Gaudium Press) On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the inauguration of Christ the Redeemer, Pope Francis addressed a message, signed by his Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro.

In the message, the Pope says that the statue with open arms is an “invitation to fraternity.” No one should “cross their arms” but open them as Christ does on top of Corcovado and reach a dialogue, because “between selfish indifference and violent protest, there is always an option: dialogue”, the message continues.

Fraternity must extend to the whole nation: “to form a community where the person does not feel alone, unwanted, rejected, ignored or forgotten and where each person commits to a world that is more just, but in solidarity, and happier”.

The Pope invited the Brazilian people to foster fraternity regardless of education or social level.

The Pontiff also explained that Christ invites us to draw near to him. To conclude the message Pope Francis entrusted all Brazilians to the National Patroness, Our Lady of Aparecida. (FM)

With information from VaticanNews.

Compiled by Sarah Gangl

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