.- During a Mass attended by numerous government officials, the president of the Italian Bishopsâ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, encouraged lawmakers to overcome the current climate of âpolitical hatredâ that plagues the country.
In the wake of the attack on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Cardinal Bagnasco recalled that âthe message of Christmas...demands respect amidst the climate we are currently experiencing as a country. The climate of personal hatred poisons politics, fosters aggression and leads to grave and unacceptable episodes of violence.â
Cardinal Bagnasco also underscored that âwithout evident, honest and concrete change, the sense of insecurity grows, trust in institutions decreases, participation in the life of the country is discouraged and social cohesion is weakened.â
âThe people are tired and donât deserve this,â the cardinal said. âOur people deserve the best from all and from their leaders.â