Pope Francis’ Easter Message: Pay Attention to the Needy Close to Home
There are no additional words needed to emphasize Pope Francis’ dedication to the focus he desires for our church to focus on and be the support and love for the most destitute among us:
…[T]he Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.
With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!
Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.
Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible.
Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned. – Pope Francis (http://www.news.va/en/news/easter-urbi-et-orbi-message-of-pope-francis-full-t)