Pope Francis sends a message to participants in a Vatican-promoted Mariological conference, and invites Christians to find consolation and hope in the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ.
September 8, 2021
The 25th International Marian Mariological Congress runs online on 8-11 September, and is hosted by the Pontifical Academia Mariana Internationalis to promote devotion to the Blessed Mother.
The theme for the event is “Mary between Theologies and Cultures Today: Models, Communications, Perspectives.”
Pope Francis greeted participants in the Congress with a message on Wednesday, encouraging them not to forget the “silent cry” of those who are suffering due to the pandemic.
Mother of forgotten
The Pope noted that true joy which comes from the Lord always makes space in our hearts for those who are forgotten by society.
“Mary,” he said, “in the beauty of the evangelical path and service to the common good of humanity and the planet, always teaches us to listen to these voices, and she herself gives voice to the voiceless, to ‘give birth to a new world’.”
The Pope recalled the 60-plus years of service of the Pontifical Marian Academy in coordinating Marian studies across the world through Mariological conferences.
These events, he said, offer a witness to how Mariology acts as a platform for dialogue between cultures, one which is able to nourish fraternity and peace.