Maputo, 06 September, 2019 / 3:14 pm (ACI Africa).
Jesus calls his followers to a high standard – to forgive their enemies, to pray for those who have hurt them, and to seek reconciliation, Pope Francis said at Mass in Mozambique Friday.
“It is not easy to speak of reconciliation while wounds are still open from the years of conflict, or to take a step towards forgiveness,” the pope said in the Zimpeto stadium Sept. 6. According to organizers, there were around 60,000 people present at the papal Mass.
Francis noted that forgiveness “is not the same as ignoring pain or giving up our memories or ideals. Even so, Jesus Christ is calling us to love and to do good. This means much more than simply ignoring the persons who harmed us, or trying to avoid encountering them.”
Mozambique fought a civil war from 1977 to 1992 between Frelimo, a socialist party that has ruled the country since it gained independence in 1975, and Renamo, an anti-communist organization.
Renamo began a new insurgency in 2013; this conflict came to an end only one month ago, with the signing of a peace agreement in Serra da Gorongosa.