Today at his weekly General Audience in Rome, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Mass reflecting specifically, on the gospel and on the homily. “The Word of the Lord”, the Pope said, “enters through the ears arrives at the heart, and goes to the hands to perform good works but it requires both the preacher and the congregation to be open to God’s Word.”
Speaking off-the-cuff, the Pope also addressed those who preach at Mass saying that the homily must be well-prepared and brief. “Sometimes, the congregation has reason to be bored by a homily, that is too long, irrelevant, or incomprehensible. The way to prepare a good homily”, the Pope advised, “is with prayer, study of the Word of God, and a clear brief message which must not go over 10 minutes”.
Now it’s been exactly five years since Pope Benedict announced his resignation making him the first pope in 600 years to resign. To mark the occasion the Pope emeritus penned a letter to a local Italian newspaper saying that, “I am on a pilgrimage toward Home”.
In his letter, the 90-year-old retired pope wrote, “I am touched to know how many of the readers of your newspaper want to know how I am experiencing this last period of my life. In that regard I can only say that with the slow diminishing of my physical strength, inwardly, I am on a pilgrimage toward Home”. “It is a great grace in this last, sometimes tiring stage of my journey, to be surrounded by a love and kindness that I never could have imagined” said the letter, that was written on official stationery.
The World Day of Migrants and Refugees is a day, that the Church has celebrated the each year since 1914. It’s an occasion to reflect, and express concerns for migrants, and build awareness about the challenges and opportunities migration presents. This year, the Pope has written about 3 very specific themes.
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