GREETING OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE FAMILIES OF POLISH MINERS WHO PERISHED
IN COAL MINES ON 20 AND 23 APRIL 2022
Friday, 24 March 2023
Thank you for your visit. Before you, I don’t know what to say. Silence is compassionate. Losing a husband, a father in an accident like this, is awful. And also the fact that some were buried there, in the mines… I would not like to say words, I want to tell you only that I am close to you, very close, with the closeness of the heart, and I pray with you in this very difficult and painful situation.
Prayer, at times, in these moments… It seems that God is not listening to us. There is the silence of the dead and the silence of God. And this silence, at times, makes us angry. Do not be afraid: that anger is a prayer. It is one of the “whys” we repeat to ourselves continually in these situations. And the answer is: “In darkness the Lord is close to us. We do not know how, but he is close to us”.
I too will pray in silence, and I give you my blessing. Then I will greet you personally.
[Silence for personal prayer]
Holy See Press Office Bulletin, 24 March 2023
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