ACI Africa, Aug 21, 2023 / 10:15 am
Fear is an enemy of peace, and it makes people weak and fragile, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said in his message to the people of God in South Sudan on the last day of his four-day visit to the east-central African country.
In his homily at Holy Family Cathedral of Rumbek on Aug. 17, Parolin said that fear, which he said could also be a consequence of sin, can only be driven out by “perfect love.”
“When people live in sin, they live in fear. Sin makes people weak and fragile, unable to sympathize with others in their suffering, unable to strive for justice, peace, and communion, unable to build a more fraternal community,” he said.
Fear, the cardinal continued, “may also arise from within ourselves, from our self-doubts and questioning, our failures and anxieties, and above all from the reality of sin.”