We Do Not Have The Answers
Pope Benedict XVI made papal broadcasting
history on Good Friday of this year
he became the first pope to appear
on a question
and answer TV show. The pre-recorded
for "In His Image", broadcast
the Italian RAI Uno station, showed
replying to seven questions submitted
around the world that included a young
girl, a Muslim mother from the Ivory
and seven Christian students from Iraq.
In the year 2000, when I was in Rome
invited to a meeting between the international
Redemptoris Mater Rectors with the
Ratzinger, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation
of Faith. The atmosphere was intimate.
was my first and only close encounter
this Pope. It was a mesmerizing experience!
I have never seen such an intelligent
gentle man in my whole life.
I had the same feeling while I watched
unprecedented TV program. Perhaps the
moving was the first question, posed
Japanese girl who has just lived the
and resulting tsunami. She asked: "My
name is Elena. I am Japanese and I
years old. I am very frightened because
house where I felt safe really shook
and many children my age have died.
go to play at the park. I want to know:
do I have to be so afraid? Why do children
have to be so sad? I'm asking the Pope,
speaks with God, to explain it to me".
The Pope was very candid. I do not
answers, he admitted! "Dear Elena,
send you my heartfelt greetings. I
the same questions: why is it this
do you have to suffer so much while
live in ease? And we do not have the
but we know that Jesus suffered as
an innocent, and that the true God
revealed in Jesus is by your side.
very important to me, even if we do
answers, even if we are still sad;
by your side and you can be certain
this will help you. One day we will
understand why it was so.
"At this moment it seems important
me that you know "God loves me"
even if it seems like He doesn't know
No, He loves me, He is by my side,
can be sure that in the world, in the
there are many who are with you, thinking
of you, doing what they can for you,
you. And be aware that, one day, I
that this suffering was not empty,
in vain, but behind it was a good plan,
plan of love. It is not chance. Be
we are with you, with all the Japanese
who are suffering. We want to help
our prayers, with our actions, and
be sure that God will help you. In
we pray together so that light may
you as soon as possible."
"In this world you will have tribulation,
but be of good cheer, for I have overcome
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