Cardinal Sodano urges hope in times of terrorism
Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sondao has said Christians must face terrorism by recalling the moral values that constitute the basis of human coexistence.
He delievered his message on Friday while presiding at a Mass in Rome in memory of the victims of the 11 March1 terrorist attacks in Madrid.
"Once again Cain has killed Abel!" the cardinal said in the Basilica of St Mary Major, of which the king of Spain is an honorary canon. "Once again man's hatred has brought death to innocent persons!"
Making an urgent appeal to Christian hope based on the resurrection of Christ, he said. "He can move even the hearts of the most rebellious of men, can open the eyes of those who are blind,"
The cardinal noted "the explosive mixture of hatred, which can close itself within the heart of man and can explode when one least" expects it.
"Our duty will be, therefore, to continue to remind the men and women of our times of those great moral values that alone can give a secure foundation to human society," he said. "It will be our duty to remind everyone of the primacy of God in our lives, of that God who created us and who one day will judge us."
Cardinal Sodano Urges Hope in Times of Terrorism (Zenit 26/3/04)
"We Have No More Tears, Only Faith," Says Father in Madrid (Zenit 26/3/04)
CARDINAL SODANO CELEBRATES MASS FOR VICTIMS OF MARCH 11 (Vatican Information Service 26/3/04)
29 Mar 2004