Conclusion of the papal visit in bishop Maly's words
Bishop Maly answered the question about what was the Holy Father's parting message. Benedict XVI said that he was leaving the country quite content with the reception he was given and with profound spiritual experience from the sacred places of the Czech Republic.
"In my opinion, he has first of all soothed the division in our society. He has come a man who can convince, who talks the talk but also walks the walk, and does not change his mind according to his needs; a man who does not seek popularity but who is right."
Bishop Maly also pointed out that the Pope refered to the presidential standard with the motto "the Truth wins" (whose original version was "the Truth of the Lord wins") and that in this regard, the Holy Father also remarked that people should seek for truth and common good, that to seek for the truth means to seek for the meaning of life.
The bishop proclaimed that to a Christian, the truth is God - the Christ who is a person and not an idea or a value; He is a person who embodies the meaning and value of life that leads into Hope. The bishop has appreciated that the Pope chose to talk about Hope in the time of crisis, and a crisis in interpersonal relationships at that.
"In his speeches, the Holy Father reminded us that Europe is our home and that we ought to feel at home in Europe and remember its Christian origins." Bishop Maly also mentioned the Pope's address to the members of academy where he emphesized that university study should not only provide education to young people but also prepare a prospect for the future for them and hand down moral values.
"If I were to sum up the Pope's message, which will surely be yet analyzed, in a few expressions, I would choose the words Hope, inner peace, beauty, and Truth together with the ways of standing for it. The Pope has been emphesizing that whoever wants to be a true human needs to have a sense for beauty," Bishop Maly concluded.
You can find some statistical figures from the papal visit in the attachement below.
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