Let Gospel be your GPS, pope tells mass
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.