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Card Parolin reopens Carpi Cathedral ahead of Pope’s visit

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State - ANSA

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State - ANSA

27/03/2017 13:24

(Vatican Radio)  Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, has reopened the earthquake-damaged Cathedral of Carpi in Italy.

Pope Francis is scheduled to make a pastoral visit to the northern Italian town on 2 April, where he will meet with communities struck by the 2012 earthquake and visit the reopened Cathedral.

Cardinal Parolin concelebrated Mass on Saturday at the Cathedral along with Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genova and President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference.

In his homily, Cardinal Parolin said, “An earthquake can strike and wound, but it cannot defeat and annihilate. It can damage and make the ground shake, but it cannot break up and disperse a community that is committed to rebirth.”

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the Emilia Romagna region in 2012 killed 20 people and heavily damaged dozens of farms, castles, and churches.

“An earthquake like other dramas in society, with their mourning and devastation,” Cardinal Parolin went on, “do not have the last word. Through the help of the Lord along with perseverance in hard work and courage, life is reborn, wounds heal, and people return to journey together, to hope, and to design and build.”
In conclusion, Cardinal Parolin said, “The reopening of a temple of stone will be that much more important if we open our hearts and minds to Christ and to his message of peace, salvation, joy, and true liberation.”

While visiting the town of some 70,000 inhabitants on 2 April, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass, pray the Angelus, give his blessing to three new diocesan buildings, and speak with priests and consecrated persons.

Click here to see the Pope’s full schedule for the visit.

(Devin Sean Watkins)
27/03/2017 13:24