Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, the president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, celebrated Mass for members of the Italian Parliament on December 20 and said that the current “climate of permanent distraction” helps prevent us from confronting the most important questions of human existence.
“We know that faith is not an idea or a code, but the encounter with
the person of Christ: He is the eternal Son of God, the Savior of the
world, the center of history, the origin of creation, its destiny,” the
prelate preached at the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.
“We breathe a distracting culture that wants to make us live
distracted,” he continued, as he called upon lawmakers to cultivate
interior silence in order to reflect on “the radical questions about the
meaning of our being, of existence, death.”