Sunday, September 29, 2019

At Angelus, Pope Francis unveils Sculpture of Migrants and Refugees saying "«Do not forget hospitality; some, practicing it, without knowing it, accepted angels "



St. Peter's Square
Sunday, 29 September 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,

I wish to greet all of you who have participated in this moment of prayer, with whom we have renewed the Church's attention to the different categories of vulnerable people on the move. In union with the faithful of all the Dioceses of the world, we celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, to reaffirm the need for no one to be excluded from society, be it a long-term resident citizen or a newcomer.

To emphasize this commitment, I will soon be inaugurating the sculpture that has as its theme these words of the Letter to the Hebrews: «Do not forget hospitality; some, practicing it, without knowing it, accepted angels "(13.2). This sculpture, in bronze and clay, depicts a group of migrants from various cultures and different historical periods. I wanted this artistic work here in Piazza San Pietro, so that you can remind everyone of the evangelical challenge of welcoming.
Tomorrow, Monday 30 September, a meeting of national dialogue will open in Cameroon for the search for a solution to the difficult crisis that has plagued the country for years. Feeling close to the sufferings and hopes of the beloved Cameroonian people, I invite everyone to pray so that this dialogue may be fruitful and lead to solutions of just and lasting peace, to the benefit of all. Mary, Queen of Peace, intercede for us.
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(Note: This sculpture was made by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz, and is now in St Peter’s Square

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