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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

God’s voice is heard through humility, Franciscan tells pope, Curia

Humility is needed in order to recognise the voice of God in others, especially those who are perceived to be weak or subject to prejudice, a Franciscan friar told Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia during their Lenten retreat.

God not only speaks through Jesus, but also speaks to him through Peter, who recognises Christ as the Messiah “by revelation,” Franciscan Fr Giulio Michelini said on 6th March, according to Vatican Radio.

“Do I have the humility to listen to Peter? Do we have the humility to listen to one another, paying attention to prejudices that we certainly have, but attentive to receive that which God wants to say despite – perhaps – my closures? Do I listen to the voice of others, perhaps weak, or do I only listen to my voice?” he asked.

The pope and top members of the Roman Curia attended their annual Lenten retreat from 5th to 10th March at the Pauline Fathers’ retreat centre in Ariccia, 20 miles southeast of Rome.

Fr Michelini was chosen by Pope Francis to lead meditations on the Gospel of Matthew’s description of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Picture: Pope Francis arrives for a weeklong Lenten retreat, flanked by Fr Valdir Jose De Castro, superior general of the Society of St Paul, Mgr Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the papal household and several senior members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, Italy, on 6th March. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, handout).