In his opening Mass homily, the new Archbishop of Milan used the words of his predecessor, Montini, to launch, once again, the invitation to continue the Christian mission “to come close to people during every stage of their lives”

The Church must not use the trouble surrounding the “convulsive transition we are going through, an expression of the dark evil of the so-called economic, financial and political crisis” as “an excuse” to avoid dealing with a more serious and deeper crisis: the separation between faith and life that have led to a massive abandonment of the Christian practice. These were the words spoken by Cardinal Angelo Scola in his homily during the Mass he celebrated in Milan’s Cathedral this afternoon, when made his official entrance as the successor of Cardinal Tettamanzi.

Scola’s day began in Malgrate – a small town near Lecco where he was born 69 years ago – with a brief ceremony at the parish church where he was baptized and a private visit to the cemetery where his parents and older brother are buried.

Then the Archbishop of Milan reached the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, site of the martyrdom and burial place of the first four martyrs of Milan. Once there, he was greeted by Mayor Giuliano Pisapia and he prayed along with two hundred catechumens who were to be baptized.

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