“We beg forgiveness for our indifference to so many of our brothers and sisters”

“The culture of comfort, which makes us think of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of others, makes us live in soap bubbles which may be lovely but are also insubstantial; they offer a fleeting and empty illusion which results in indifference to others and even to the globalization of indifference. In this globalised world, we have fallen into globalised indifference. We have got used to the suffering of others: it doesn’t affect me; it doesn’t concern me; it’s none of my business!”. These were the words spoken by Pope Francis during his visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013.

“We are a society which has forgotten how to experience compassionhow to 'suffer with others': the globalisation of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep! Lord, […] we beg forgiveness for our indifference to so many of our brothers and sisters. Father, we ask your pardon for those who are complacent and closed amid comforts which have deadened their heart”

“The culture of throwaway values is surmounted by the culture of closeness”