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October 20, 2020 Pray for Belarus, Libya, Syria and many other countries affected by war, on the notes of the Kirye eleison, in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in the presence of the Pope, on the occasion of the meeting "No one is saved alone - Peace and Fraternity "promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio in the wake of the first meeting of this kind in Assisi in 1986.
" We are all specialists in putting others on the cross in order to save ourselves ", the Pope said in homily of the ecumenical celebration at the Aracoeli.
"Jesus, on the other hand, lets himself be nailed to teach us not to unload evil on others" and "the 'gospel' of saving yourself is not the Gospel of salvation. It is the most false apocryphal gospel, which puts crosses on others . The true Gospel, on the other hand, bears the crosses of others ".
"How easy it is to criticize, speak against, see evil in others and not themselves, to download the blame on the weak and marginalized!", The Pope said.
Pope Francis made his entrance in the Roman basilica of Aracoeli, for the moment of religious reflection common to all Christians of all confessions, be they Catholics, Orthodox or Protestants, which anticipates the 'Prayer for Peace' on the Capitoline Hill which follows the intervention of representatives of all religions, from Christians to Jews, from Muslims to Buddhists, in addition to the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
With the Pontiff, who pronounces the homily, also Bartholomew I ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople.
Pope Francis arrived wearing a white mask to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli for the ecumenical prayer as part of the Meeting for Peace organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio.
The Pope then goes to the Capitol for the final ceremony which ends with the signing of a common appeal for peace.
It is the first time that Francis wears a mask in a public celebration.
Only once, before a general audience, in the courtyard of San Damaso, the photographers had caught Pope Bergoglio with the mask, but removed immediately before the beginning of the meeting with the faithful.