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17627The Pope on Suffering and the Soul

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Apr 22, 2011
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      Pope Benedict admits there isn't a full answer
      to suffering in rare TV interview

      The Pope has spoken about the tsunami in Japan,
      conflict in Iraq, the civil war in Ivory Coast
      and victims of multiple sclerosis in an unprecedented
      television appearance due to be broadcast in
      Italy on Good Friday.

      More than 3,000 questions were submitted after
      the initiative was announced a month ago Photo: REUTERS

      By Nick Squires, in Rome 12:01PM BST 22 Apr 2011

      For the first time in the history of the papacy,
      Benedict XVI agreed to take part in a programme
      in which he took questions from ordinary Catholics.

      More than 3,000 questions were submitted after the
      initiative was announced a month ago, of which seven
      were chosen and put to the 84-year-old pontiff.

      One of the most moving was put by the parents of a
      40 year old man who has suffered from multiple
      sclerosis since 1993 and has been in a vegetative
      state for the last two years.

      Francesco and Maria Teresa Grillo asked Benedict
      whether the soul of their son Francesco remained
      within his body or was elsewhere given his degenerating
      mental state.

      The Pope, speaking from his office in the Apostolic
      Palace in the Vatican, told them: "Certainly his soul
      is still present in his body.

      "The situation is a little like a guitar which has
      had its strings broken and can no longer be played....
      the soul cannot be heard but it remains within.

      "I'm also sure that this hidden soul can feel
      your love, even if it cannot understand the details,
      the words. But it feels the presence of love."

      The parents' round-the-clock care for their son
      was "a testimony to faith in God, to respect for
      human life," the Pope said.

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