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Pope bemoans closed parishes, tells faithful to carry 'joy'


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Vatican City, March 27 - Pope Francis said he was
saddened at seeing so many parish churches closed at his first
general audience on Wednesday and called on the faithful to go
out and take the "joy" of Catholicism to others to combat the
"Holy Week is a time of grace which the Lord gifts us to
open the doors of our hearts, our lives, our parishes - what a
pity, so many parishes are closed! - in our parishes, movements,
associations, and to step outside towards others, to draw close
to them so we can bring the light and joy of our faith," he said
referring to the week that leads to Easter.
"Always step outside yourself! And with the love and
tenderness of God, with respect and patience, knowing that we
put our hands, our feet, our hearts, but then it is God who
guides them and makes all our actions fruitful.
The new pope broke tradition for the umpteenth time since
being elected two weeks ago by greeting the different language
groups attending the general audience in Italian, rather than in
their native languages.
Some commentators said this could be a sign of his
intention to stress that he is the Bishop of Rome as well as the
head of the whole Church.
Francis also made an appeal for an end to violence and
conflict in the Central African Republic in the wake of a
weekend coup.
"I am closely following what is currently happening in the
Central African Republic and wish to assure my prayers for all
those who are suffering, especially the relatives of the
victims, the wounded and those who have lost their homes and
have been forced to flee," Francis said.
"I call for an immediate halt to the violence and looting,
and a political solution to the crisis to be found as soon as
possible that would restore peace and harmony to that dear
country for too long marked by conflict and division".
Francis tweeted after the audience.
"To experience Holy Week is to enter more and more into
God's logic of love and self-giving," read the post on the papal
account, @pontifex.

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