Members of Italy’s Gypsy communities must look to God to hold on to the hope of a future where they are no longer discriminated against or segregated, Pope Francis said.
Speaking to 500 members of the Roma, Sinti and Gypsy communities during a 9th May prayer service in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the pope said he was moved by the testimonies of mothers who continue to hold on to the hope they see in their children’s eyes.
“Hope can disappoint if it is not true hope. But when hope is concrete, as in this case, in the eyes of the children, it never disappoints, it never disappoints! When hope is concrete, in the true God, it never disappoints,” he said.
During the prayer service, the pope listened to several members of the Gypsy communities, including a priest from the Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo, Italy, located roughly 75 miles south of Rome.
“Yes, I am a Roma priest! A Gypsy that becomes a priest always makes news and is considered different and peculiar,” Fr Cristian Di Silvio told Pope Francis.
Picture: Pope Francis poses with Italy’s Roma, Sinti and Gypsy communities during a meeting at the Vatican on 9th May 2019. (CNS Photo/Vatican Media via Reuters).