Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 1, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, called on the faithful this week not to be afraid and to persevere in the faith in response to a blasphemous art exhibit taking place in the Argentinean capital.
“For some time public expressions of ridicule and insult of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Most Holy Virgin Mary, as well as numerous exhibits against the religious and moral values we profess, have been on display throughout the city,” the Cardinal warned.
He lamented that the exhibiting of blasphemous art is taking place at a cultural center that is funded by tax-payer money.
“Jesus warned us that these things would take place, and with much tenderness he told us not to be afraid, that we are his small flock, that we should persevere in the struggle for the faith and in charity, placing our hope in Him and praying with the true confidence of children of a Father who loves us,” he added.