Good morning. It gives me great pleasure to officiate at the opening of this new Villa Francis, because reaching out to the poor, the needy and the outcasts of society is fundamental to Christian charity. This is how I see my episcopacy too, to give life to others, light to those in darkness and those in the valley of tears.
Pope Benedict in his encyclical “God is love” reiterates that “For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her very being.” (No 25) The Church’s service to the poor is an essential aspect of the proclamation of the Good News. This is precisely because Jesus came for the poor.