With the hymn “Ecuador, Ecuador, open the doors to the Redeemer…” the same that was intoned when John Paul II came, began the outdoor mass at the Bicentenario Park in Quito. One of the liturgies was preached in Kichwa.
During his sermon, he referred to the Bicentenary of the proclamation of independence in Latin America, “it was a cry born from the awareness of the lack of freedoms, of being squeezed, looted, of living subjected to circumstantial conveniences of the powerful of that moment,” he said.
He also emphasized that evangelization can be a vehicle of unity, aspirations, sensibilities, hopes and even certain utopias.” The pontiff said that we must build bridges, create links and mutually carry our burdens.
“Hence the need to strive for the inclusion at all levels, avoiding selfishness, promoting communication and dialogue, encouraging collaboration.” “We have to trust our hearts to our path fellow without fear, without mistrust, without destrust.” “It is unthinkable that unity shines if the spiritual worldliness makes us being at war among us.
The Pope concluded his homily: Preaching does not consist in proselytizing, proselytizing is a caricature of preaching. Evangelizing is to approach those who feel judged and condemned a priori by those who feel perfect and pure.”
Monsignor Fausto Travez, archbishop of Quito and president of the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference (CEE), addressed the crowd: “Our people are hungry for God, they need a word to renew the faith,” whereupon he appreciated the presence of the Pope in the country.
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