Pope does Q&A on suffering

2011-04-22 14:19

Pope Benedict XVI is telling a seven-year-old Japanese girl frightened by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that suffering isn’t in vain as he conducts an unprecedented Q&A (question and answer session) on television.

The pope is replying today to questions from people – Catholics and non-Catholics – in a prerecorded appearance on Italian state TV. Good Friday is the solemn day when Christians reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of Christ.

Most of the questions deal with how people struggle with suffering. The first question came from Elena, a Japanese girl who tells the pope that many children her age were killed and asks why children have to be so sad.

Benedict replies he has the same question, but assures her many in the world are thinking of her. He says suffering is part of a “good plan” of love.

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