Benedict XVI Urges Action for "Humiliated" Nations

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 15, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI called for the mobilization and prayers of believers for harassed and humiliated individuals and nations.

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When commenting on Psalm 122(123) at today’s general audience, the Pope paused to reflect on the passage where the Psalmist cries out: «Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us. … We have had more than enough of contempt. Too long our soul has been sated with the scorn of those who are at ease, the contempt of the proud.»

The Holy Father said: «To the traditional biblical satiety of food and years, regarded as a sign of divine blessing, is now opposed an intolerable satiety composed of an excessive load of humiliations.»

He added: «And we know that today many nations, many individuals are full of worries; they are too satiated with the worries of the satisfied, the contempt of the arrogant.»

«Let us pray for them and let us help these humiliated brothers of ours,» he exhorted the more than 30,000 people present. «[God] does not ignore their invocation or ours, nor does he disappoint their hope.»

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