Quotes of the Week March 27

“Convert yourselves, stop perpetrating evil. I ask this on my knees. You still have time so as not to end up in Hell. And that is what is waiting for you if you continue on this path.”

Pope Francis appeals to members of the Mafia during a vigil for victims of the criminal fraternity in Rome on March 21.


“Christians are leaving the Middle East in an exodus approaching biblical proportions.”

Former Lebanese president Amine Gemayel, a Maronite Catholic, laments the ongoing flight of Christians from attacks on them in various parts of the Arab world.


''Weapons will not improve the situation and the worst thing is that Europe has not understood what is happening in our country.”

Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, Syria’s top Sunni leader, calls for the international community to halt its supply of weapons to the country


“From now on the IOR [Institute for Religious Works will no longer be able to harm the Holy See’s reputation.”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chair of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy, lauds reforms of the Vatican Bank enacted in the wake of financial scandals


“I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelise.”

Italian Ursuline Sr Cristina Scuccia explains her decision to enter the country’s The Voice singing competition, where she has wowed audiences with her singing skills


“I want to ask you to pray a lot for Venezuela this Lent, that Venezuelans can resolve our problems peacefully, with everyone seeking the common good. Regardless of the political sympathies of each person, Catholics need to banish hatred, bitterness and revenge from our hearts.”

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas appeals for prayers for his country, still beset by protests and lethal violence