EUROPE/RUSSIA – In Moscow, we pray for peace, according to the intentions of the Pope
photo Olga Dubjagina
Moscow (Agenzia Fides) – “Bringing peace does not mean smoothing out all roughness and leveling differences. Bringing peace means accepting everyone, even those who think differently from us. Peace is above all the ability to forgive”. Thus Monsignor Paolo Pezzi, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, introduced yesterday evening, Friday October 7, the recitation of the Holy Rosary in the Catholic Cathedral of Moscow, on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. In communion with Pope Francis, the Archbishop led the prayer before the exposed Eucharist and then celebrated Mass, with the intention of the gift of peace. In the current context, Bishop Pezzi offered the faithful present in the cathedral and those who followed the recitation of the Rosary and the Eucharistic liturgy online a concrete description of who the peacemaker is: “A person who loves peace often seems weak. , but in reality he is genuinely strong, because he is able to keep calm and clarity of thought, and knows how to assign each thing its place. In the hierarchy of values, the first place belongs to the consciousness of to be the son of one God: awareness which is a guarantee of peace. Mary, you are the Queen of Peace, because everything that happened in your life had its place”. Then recalling in his homily the historical origins of the liturgical feast, instituted by Pius V in 1572 to commemorate the victory of the Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571), the Archbishop pointed out: “While the fighting was going on, Pius V had decided to pray and fast. We know how the battle ended, but perhaps everyone does not know that the great admiral of the Christian fleet warned the Pope of Rome that it was not the weapons or the prowess of the sailors that gave the victory, but the prayers of the Rosary”.
The Catholics present in the Russian Federation represent less than 1% of the total population.
The Archbishop indicated prayer as a privileged and realistic act to practice in order to face the current dramatic circumstances, while a feeling of helplessness that leads to distrust seems to prevail: “We cannot even imagine how much the prayer is precious in the eyes of God Jesus himself, in a well-known passage from the Gospel of Luke, speaks of this force and is surprised that his disciples do not believe in it. This temptation also exists for us. Today we are here to ask for peace. , ask that hearts be softened. (…) The same God, whom nothing can define and nothing can contain, wants to dwell in our hearts. And what do we answer? What do the people on whom, in a way, depends the fate of the world?
Today, we want their hearts to be open, but first our hearts must be open: only then will our prayer be true, it will be for the good of all men. Not for the accomplishment of our purposes, but for the fulfillment of God’s plan.”
The Archdiocese of the Mother of God, headed by Bishop Pezzi, covers an area of 2,629,000 km² and includes around a hundred communities. (CD) (Agenzia Fides, 8/10/2022)