With these words, Pope Francis invites all baptised persons to a personal and communal conversion aimed at awakening our conscience and arousing our solidarity and commitment to a culture of care that says ‘never again’ to every form of abuse.
The context was that of asking forgiveness for the crimes committed by consecrated people and clergy and uprooting clericalism.
We the Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago stand in solidarity with Pope Francis and the wounded body of the Church. Pope Francis proposes that ‘fasting that can make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in the truth supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary.’
It is impossible to imagine a true conversion in the Church, “without the active participation of all the Church’s members” Pope Francis said.
We invite all to enter into a spirit of forgiveness, mercy and compassion as we offer up our First Friday, fasting, praying and receiving Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist for a deep transformation in our Church.