Vatican City, 10 November 2013 (VIS) – Following today's Angelus prayer, Pope Francis greeted those present in St. Peter's Square. He spoke of the typhoon in the Philippines which has claimed many victims and caused enormous damage to the country during recent days, and assured his nearness and prayer for the population. He asked for a minute's silence and prayed a Hail Mary in unison with the faithful. He also mentioned Maria Theresia Bonzel, foundress of the Sisters St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, who was proclaimed blessed this afternoon in Paderborn, Germany.
“Today marks seventy-five years since the so-called 'Kristallnacht', the pogrom during the night between 9 and 10 November 1938 against Jews, synagogues, homes and businesses, which represented a sad step towards the tragedy of the Shoah. We renew our closeness and solidarity with the Jewish people, our elder brothers. And we pray to God that the memory of the past, the memory of past sins, may help us always to be vigilant against any form of hate or intolerance”.
Pope Francis concluded by mentioning the Day of Thanksgiving celebrated today in Italy: “I join with the Bishops in expressing my closeness to the world of farming, and especially to the young people who have chosen to work on the land. I encourage all those in the sector to continue in their efforts to ensure that no-one lacks healthy and adequate sustenance”.