Quote of the Day
“I thought long and hard in the first days of these many pains that my visit, perhaps, would be more of a hindrance than a help, a greeting. I didn’t want to be a bother so I let a little time pass, so that some things could be resolved, like the school. But from the first moment, I felt that I needed to come to you! Simply to express my closeness to you, nothing more. And I pray, pray for you! Solidarity and prayer: this is my offering to you.
May the Lord bless you all; may Our Lady watch over you in this moment of sadness, pain, and trial.... Let’s move forward; there is always a future. There are many loved ones who have left us, who fell here under the rubble. Let us pray to Our Lady for them; let us do it together. Always look ahead.
Corraggio, and help each other. One walks better together – alone we go nowhere. Avanti! Thank you.”
4 October 2016
Highlighting the risk of a journey most of the usual papal crew only learned of once Papa Bergoglio had arrived by car in the quake-zone, yet another aftershock hit during the trek.