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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Cardinal Cormac: 'now generation is leaving the poor marginalised'
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¬†Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said that modern Britain's ' now generation' culture is leaving the poor increasingly marginalised. Speaking on the steps of Westminster Cathedral after the Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday, Cardinal Cormac said many people faced despair without "hope or meaning" in their lives. He said: "We are often called the now generation because we live in a culture that lives in the present. We expect everything almost instantaneously. "Our world so often has no inner meaning or hope to offer the hungry hearts of individuals and nations "This can bring spontaneity and freshness but what if you live in a state of poverty or if you experience pain or suffering, bereavement or depression? "Where is the hope and meaning that lies not only today but in the future? "Our world so often has no inner meaning or hope to offer the hungry hearts of individuals and nations." During his address Cardinal Cormac said the world was "groaning in agony" as a result of the pain inflicted on innocent people around the globe ≠ referring to child poverty and the crisis in Zimbabwe. Cardinal Cormac urged the congregation to become "witnesses to hope". Contrasting the resurrection of Christ, celebrated at Easter, with individual lives he said: "When the resurrection of Jesus occurred an angel came and rolled the stone aside. "For each of us, when resurrection happens, a stone is rolled aside from our life... The weight that stops us from living is removed. We can breathe freely again. Somehow our weakness, our tomb, has been broken open and we are now able to get to our feet and we breathe freely."
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