“Miracles can happen when the Church is united”


Pope Francis’ conversation with the Jesuits of Canada is published by the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, during which the Pope emphasized the power of synodality, concern for Haiti, and love and concern for the Church for Families.

August 04, 2022

Pope Francis with members of the Society of Jesus in Canada (Vatican Media)

By Deborah Castellano Lubov
In Quebec, Pope Francis met with his fellow Jesuits ministering in Canada for a moment of private conversation.

Thursday, the Jesuit Review La Civilta Cattolica published the exchange between the Jesuit Pope and his fellow Jesuits that took place at the Archbishop’s residence in Quebec on the last day of the Pope’s penitential pilgrimage to Canada.

The Holy Father normally sets aside a private time to meet his Jesuit brothers on his apostolic journeys and answers questions in an informal conversation with those gathered.

In the conversation, the main themes that emerged were synodality, the great concern for Haiti, love for the family and the liturgy.

“Synod,” Pope Francis said, does not refer to “a political meeting,” nor to “a committee for parliamentary decisions.”

On the contrary, he pointed out, “it is the expression of the Church where the protagonist is the Holy Spirit, as in the facts related in the Acts of the Apostles”.

Synod, he continued, means journeying together, precisely what had been the theme of his Apostolic Visitation, during which he applauded, “the unity of the Church has emerged”.

“If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go safe, go accompanied.”

A United Church Can Work Miracles
The Pope continued his reflection on the power of effective synodality.

The Holy Father acknowledged that the process of reconciliation with the indigenous peoples is not complete, but observed that “the most important thing is that the episcopate has accepted, taken up the challenge and moved forward.” He called what he saw in Canada an “example of a united episcopate.”

“When an episcopate is united,” the pope stressed, “it can face well the challenges that arise.”

“If this journey of reconciliation is going well,” said Pope Francis, “it is not thanks to my visit.” I’m just the icing on the cake, that’s [because of ] the bishops who have done everything with their unit.”

The Holy Father applauded the way the indigenous peoples handled the whole situation and the fruitful relationship between them and the bishops.

“These are the miracles that can be done when the Church is united.”

Concern for Haiti
“It doesn’t seem to me that the international organizations know what to do,” the pope reflected.

“Haiti is going through an ordeal.

“It doesn’t seem to me that the international organizations know what to do,” the pope reflected.

He called for concrete solutions to get out of the crisis, and to help “the Haitian people to grow in hope”, suggested to the faithful to take initiatives of prayer and penance.

Proximity to families
The conversation also touched on the Church’s concern and love for families, and the Pope lamented that despite the richness of the text of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, some focus on a note, rather than paying attention to how the Church treasures and wishes to help families.

During the pope’s apostolic journey, he repeatedly asked for forgiveness for wrongdoings and called for the investigation of how these tragedies happened so that they never happen again.

After his meeting with the Jesuits and a subsequent meeting with natives, the pope concludes his stay in Quebec and boards the papal plane on the way to the arctic city of Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, for a few hours, where he met Inuit survivors of residential schools, young and old, before catching his flight back to Rome.–Vatican News


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