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MONASTERIES ARE INDISPENSABLE TO MODERN SOCIETY

VATICAN CITY, 9 OCT 2011 (VIS) – At 5.15 p.m. on Sunday, the Holy Father arrived by helicopter at Serra San Bruno, then continued his journey by car to the Carthusian monastery of Sts. Stephen and Bruno. He was greeted on the square in front of the monastery by Bruno Rosi, mayor of Serra San Bruno, then addressed some words to the many faithful from the local area who had gathered there to see him.

The Pope recalled the visit made to Serra San Bruno by John Paul II in 1984, noting that it is “a great privilege” to have a “‘citadel’ of the spirit” such as the Carthusian monastery on one’s local territory. “Monasteries have an important, I would say indispensable, role”, he said. “Their purpose today is to ‘improve’ the environment, in the sense that sometimes the air we breathe in our societies is unhealthy, it is polluted by a non-Christian mentality, at times even a non-human mentality, because it is dominated by economic interests, concerned only with worldly things and lacking a spiritual dimension.

“In such a climate not only God but also our fellow man is pushed to the margins, and we do not commit ourselves to the common good. Monasteries, however, are models of societies which have God and fraternal relations at their core. We have great need of them in our time”.

Benedict XVI completed his remarks by exhorting the faithful of Serra San Bruno “to treasure the great spiritual tradition of this place, and seek to put it into practice in your daily lives”.

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