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Pope Francis' Reflections

26/09/2013 12:00 pm

Pope Francis smiling warmly

Earlier in 2013, when Pope Francis visited Brazil for World Youth Day, he stressed the importance of building a 'culture of solidarity'.

The quotes below come from the Holy Father's visit to the community of Varginha - a favela in Rio de Janeiro.


“When we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them – some food, a place in our homes, our time – not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched.

"No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world! Everybody, according to his or her particular opportunities and responsibilities, should be able to make a personal contribution to putting an end to so many social injustices. The culture of selfishness and individualism that often prevails in our society is not, I repeat, not what builds up and leads to a more habitable world: rather, it is the culture of solidarity that does so; the culture of solidarity means seeing others not as rivals or statistics, but brothers and sisters. And we are all brothers and sisters!

"We must never, never allow the throwaway culture to enter our hearts! We must never allow the throwaway culture to enter our hearts, because we are brothers and sisters. No one is disposable! Let us always remember this: only when we are able to share do we become truly rich; everything that is shared is multiplied! Think of the multiplication of the loaves by Jesus! The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty!”


You can download a selection of quotes from Pope Francis' visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, Rio.

You can also download the PDF resource Building a Culture of Solidarity. by using the link in the top right-hand corner of this page.


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Pope Francis' WYD Quotes

papal-quotes-WYD-rio-b.pdf 607.98 kB

This PDF contains a selection of quotes made by Pope Francis at World Youth Day, Rio.


Booklet of WYD Quotes

papal-quotes-WYD-booklet.pub 2.78 MB

This download is a Microsoft Publisher file you can use to print a selection of Pope Francis's quotes from World Youth Day, Rio, in booklet form.


Building a Culture of Solidarity

building-a-culture-of-solidarity.pdf 495.23 kB

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