“Jesus says of himself: “The very stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” Likewise, the poor are in some ways this “cornerstone” for building a community. Today, unfortunately, the speculative economy makes the poor ever poorer, depriving them of the essentials, such as housing and employment. This is unacceptable! Those who experience solidarity fail to accept it and they take action. And many people want to eliminate this word, “solidarity" from the dictionary, because some cultures see it as a bad word. No! Solidarity is a Christian word!”. These were the words spoken by Pope Francis on 15 June 2014, during the meeting with the poor assisted by the Community of Sant'Egidio in Santa Maria in Trastevere.
“Go forth on this pathway: prayer, the poor and peace” is the plea of the Holy Father, who adds: “And as you walk this path, you help compassion grow in the heart of society — which is the true revolution, that of compassion and tenderness — to cultivate friendship in place of the ghosts of animosity and indifference”.