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Pope prays for modern martyrs and for adherence to fresh quarantine measures

Pope Francis said he today he hopes that people will adhere to measures put in place as quarantine measures are eased in order to avoid a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

Pope Francis said he today he hopes that people will adhere to measures put in place as quarantine measures are eased in order to avoid a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

Celebrating Mass earlier today at the Casa Santa Marta, he said: “At this time, when indications have been given to exit out of quarantine, we pray the Lord will grant His people, all of us, the grace of prudence and obedience to these indications, so that the pandemic does not return.”

In his homily, the focused on the passage from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 7:51-8:1) in which Stephen speaks to the people, the elders and the scribes, who judge him with false testimony and stoned him.

Doctrine

The Doctors of the Law, explained Pope Francis, did not tolerate the clarity of doctrine, and they asked someone to say that they had heard Stephen blaspheme against God and the Law. The Pope pointed out that, just like Stephen ‘they did the same with Jesus too, trying to convince the people that He was a blasphemer.’

The Pope noted that it also happens with the martyrs of today, like Asia Bibi.

She was in prison for many years, judged by slander.

‘Daily lynching’

‘I think of the Shoah,’ he said, when opinion was created against a people in order to cast them out.

“Then there is the small daily lynching that tries to condemn people, to create a bad reputation, the small daily lynching of gossip that creates opinions in order to condemn people.”

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