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Monday, January 30, 2023

During his visit, the Pope reached out to the Romans in Slovakia

Rome-In an inclusive message, Pope Francis is reaching out to the Roma in Slovakia. He condemns the historical marginalization of communities, including Jews, in Central Europe.

On the second day in Slovakia, the pope went to the town of Presov in the east of the country to hold a Byzantine mass at the city’s stadium. The highlight of the day was a visit to the Roma community in the nearby town of Kosice-which analysts believe is a sign of tolerance.

The impoverished Lunik community that the Pope will visit is home to the highest Roma community in the country, where his information is welcomed by people with housing problems, including overcrowding of housing and in some cases no running water or electricity.

There are 400,000 Roma minorities in Slovakia who have historically faced discrimination.

On Monday, the Pope addressed the President of Slovakia and other officials in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, emphasizing the need to work for the common good, rather than focusing on individual needs.

Speaking of the country’s communist past, the Pope said that until a few decades ago, a single ideological system stifled freedom, adding: “Today, another such system is draining freedom of meaning, reducing the progress of profit and only The right to personal means.”

Pope Francis said: “In the increasingly urgent process of integration, fraternity is necessary.”

On Monday, the Pope also addressed representatives of the Jewish community at a memorial service for the Jews who died in the Holocaust. In this place, a synagogue was demolished in 1969, and the pope said it was to remove every trace of the Jewish community.

In this place, the pope said that the holy name of God was insulted because the worst form of blasphemy is to use it for our purposes, refusing to respect and love others.

More than 100,000 Slovak Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and the Pope added that it is shameful for people who claim to believe in God to commit or allow “unspeakable inhumanity”.

The Jewish community in Slovakia now has approximately 2,000 people. Pope Francis said: “Let us unite in condemning all violence and all forms of anti-Semitism.”

An open-air mass in the town of Sástin, Slovakia, on Wednesday ended the Pope’s visit before returning to Rome. This trip to Hungary and Slovakia is his first visit after undergoing bowel surgery in July.

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