Let Gospel be your GPS, pope tells mass

The Myanmar Times - - World -

POPE Fran­cis cel­e­brated mass with more than 1.5 mil­lion pil­grims in a vast sun-drenched field in Poland, wrap­ping up an emo­tion­ally charged trip with some choice tech­no­log­i­cal metaphors.

In a nod to to­day’s In­ter­net-dom­i­nated world, the pope on July 31 urged the faith­ful, who had trav­elled to Poland from all over the world, to “down­load the best link of all, that of a heart which sees and trans­mits good­ness with­out grow­ing weary”.

“Make the Gospel your own, so that it can serve as a sat­nav for you on the high­ways of life,” he said dur­ing the ser­vice.

High-spir­ited teenagers, boy scouts, priests and fam­i­lies had camped un­der the stars in the vast “Cam­pus Mis­eri­cor­diae” (Field of Mercy) near the city of Krakow ahead of the fi­nal mass of a week-long Catholic fes­ti­val.

The pope en­cour­aged the as­sem­bled wor­ship­pers to be dream­ers who be­lieve “in a new hu­man­ity”, one that “re­jects ha­tred be­tween peo­ples” and “re­fuses to see bor­ders and bar­ri­ers”.

In the plane on his re­turn trip to Rome, the pon­tiff said Is­lam could not be equated with ter­ror­ism, say­ing Catholics could be just as deadly and warn­ing so­cial in­jus­tices in Europe were push­ing its young into the arms of ex­trem­ists.

“It’s not true and it’s not cor­rect (to say) Is­lam is ter­ror­ism,” he said, de­fend­ing his de­ci­sion not to name Is­lam when con­demn­ing the bru­tal mur­der of a Catholic priest in France in the lat­est of a string of re­cent at­tacks in Europe claimed by the Is­lamic State (IS) group.

“In al­most ev­ery re­li­gion, there is al­ways a small group of fun­da­men­tal­ists. We have them, too,” he said.

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