Pope Francis has warned that he has seen signs of an even darker time for humanity, while offering harrowing vision of the future.
At a Mass at the Vatican, the Pope, also known as the supreme pontiff, said that he has a dire vision for the world with ‘omens of even greater destruction and desolation’.
The Mass was commemorating the feast of Our Lady Guadalupe, which fell yesterday. It commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to a young man, Saint Juan Diego, in 1531 in Mexico City.
Despite the current challenges in the World including Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, the rising cost of living, poverty, and other crisis – the Pope said he has a vision that things will get worse.
In his homily, the pontiff said ‘it is a bitter time, filled with the rumbling of war, growing injustice, famine, poverty and suffering,’ but at this ‘bleak and disconcerting’ time, there are ‘omens of even greater destruction and desolation’.
He added that at Christmas,God’s ‘divine love and his coming down to us tell us that this too is a propitious time of salvation, in which the Lord, through the Virgin Mother, continues to give us his Son’.
He urged the Vatican congregation ‘to get involved with each other without delay, to go out to meet our brothers and sisters who have been forgotten and discarded by our consumerist and indifferent societies’.
The pontiff recounted the Bible verse from John 3:16: ‘God who so loved the world, sent us his son, born of a woman, so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life’.
In the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe the Pope said that the Virgin Mary ‘invites us to leave behind all the prejudices and fears that populate our hearts and to trust in the true God for whom we live, joyfully and confidently directing us to reaffirm our belonging to the Lord’.