Pope Francis assured today that in the church “there is room for everyone” but he lamented the “many internal resistances” and the laziness that prevent him from “getting going”during the mass for the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
The pontiff, in the Vatican basilica, defended his idea of “a free and humble church that rises quickly, does not lag behind in the face of today’s challenges or remain in the sacred precincts” but moves “by the desire to reach and welcome everyone”.
“Let’s not forget this word, everyone, hit the streets and take everyone. To the blind, deaf, lame, sick, righteous, sinners, to everyone, everyone. This word of the Lord must resonate in the minds and hearts of all. In the church there is room for everyone”, he defended.
And he added: “Many times we are a church with open doors, but to fire and condemn people.”
Francisco, seated at all times due to his knee problems, presided over this Wednesday the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paulpatrons of Rome, and the archbishops appointed in the last year participated in the ceremony.
In the liturgy, as tradition dictates, the pope blessed the pallium that the new bishops will wearsome white wool stoles with six black silk crosses that are placed on the chest and shoulders.
Before the prelates, and hundreds of faithful, Francisco returned to warn of a “perversion” that affects the church, “clericalism”, the experience of the clergy as if it were an elite. “The minister who adopts a clerical attitude has taken a wrong path,” he warned.
Francis lamented that there are still “many internal resistances that -he said- do not allow us to get going”.
“Sometimes, as a church, laziness overwhelms us and we prefer to sit and contemplate the few safe things we have, instead of getting up to direct our gaze towards new horizonstowards the open sea,” he denounced.
That is the church of Rome is sometimes “frightened by changes and tied to the chain of its traditions” but that, Francisco pointed out, ends up “sliding it towards spiritual mediocrity”.
The 85-year-old pope did not enter St. Peter’s Basilica in procession like the rest of the bishops and curials, but waited sitting next to the Altar of Confession, to which he arrived walking with the help of a cane, but not in a wheelchair. wheel.
He only presided over the first part of the liturgy of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, until the blessing of the pallium and the reading of his homily, while the second part of the Eucharist was presided over by the dean of the College of Cardinals, Giovanni Battista Re.
(With information from EFE)
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