#ShortNews: Pope, at Chrism Mass, urges priests to imitate Jesus’ closeness to people

Dear brother priests of the Diocese of Rome and other dioceses throughout the world!

When I was reading the texts of today’s liturgy, I kept thinking of the passage from Deuteronomy: “For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?” (4:7). The closeness of God… our apostolic closeness.

Closeness is more than the name of a specific virtue; it is an attitude that engages the whole person, our way of relating, our way of being attentive both to ourselves and to others… When people say of a priest, “he is close to us”, they usually mean two things. The first is that “he is always there” (as opposed to never being there: in that case, they always begin by saying, “Father, I know you are very busy…”). The other is that he has a word for everyone. “He talks to everybody”, they say, with adults and children alike, with the poor, with those who do not believe… Priests who are “close”, available, priests who are there for people, who talk to everyone… street priests.

Read More: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2018/documents/papa-francesco_20180329_omelia-crisma.html

#ShortNews: Pope Francis’ Homily at Easter Vigil Mass

At 8:30 Saturday evening, Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s basilica. The Rite began in the atrium of the basilica with the blessing of the fire and the preparation of the Paschal candle. The procession moved to the altar, led by the lit Paschal candle and the singing of the Exultet. This was followed by the Liturgy of the Word and the Baptismal Liturgy during which the Pope administered the sacraments of Christian initiation to 8 neophytes from Albania, Italy, Nigeria, Peru and the United States of America. Following the proclamation of the Easter Gospel, Pope Francis delivered this homily:

“We began this celebration outside, plunged in the darkness of the night and the cold. We felt an oppressive silence at the death of the Lord, a silence with which each of us can identify, a silence that penetrates to the depths of the heart of every disciple, who stands wordless before the cross.

These are the hours when the disciple stands speechless in pain at the death of Jesus. What words can be spoken at such a moment?

Read More: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-francis-homily-at-easter-vigil-mass

#ShortNews: Pope Francis at Mass of the Lord’s Supper: ‘Jesus risks himself in service’

The Pope brought up the passage where two disciples “who wanted to climb the corporate ladder” asked Jesus to give them the most important places. After looking at them with love like he always did, Jesus told them they didn’t know what they were asking. He described what those in positions of power do: “command and make others serve them.” In thinking of times past, Pope Francis says that there have been many kings and cruel people who have made slaves of other people. But Jesus says it must not be this way with us. “The one who commands must serve,” the Pope reminds us.

“Jesus overturns the historical cultural habits of that time, but also of our own day.”

Read More: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-03/pope-francis-holy-thursday-washing-feet-regina-coeli-prison.html