Pope Francis: Humility is childlike, not theatrical

AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

Christians must pursue true humility as they remember the “smallness” of Christmas, Pope Francis said in a recent homily.

“Humility is the virtue of the childlike and this is true humility and not a rather theatrical humility: no, not that: the humility of somebody who said: ‘I am humble but proud of being so.’ No, that is not true humility,” the Pope warned. Read more

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Pope visits neonatal unit, hospice to highlight respect for life

RESPECT FOR LIFE—Pope Francis visited the neonatology ward of San Giovanni in Rome, Sept. 16, 2016. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)
RESPECT FOR LIFE—Pope Francis visited the neonatology ward of San Giovanni in Rome, Sept. 16, 2016. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)

On Sept. 16, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

The Sept. 16 visit is the latest in the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiatives, to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.

In previous trips, he has made surprise stops at places including an elderly home, a drug and alcohol rehab center, and a facility for retired priests.

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Pope Francis’ video greeting for World Youth Day

 

In a July 19 video message Pope Francis sent his greetings to the youth of Poland and the world who will attend the largest recurring gathering of youth in the Catholic Church: World Youth Day (WYD)

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Vatican spokesman wades into ‘ad orientem’ debate

LITURGY— Fr. Federico Lombardi, Holy See press officer, spoke at a Nov. 19, 2015 press conference. (Photo: Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
LITURGY— Fr. Federico Lombardi, Holy See press officer, spoke at a Nov. 19, 2015 press conference. (Photo: Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

The outgoing Holy See press officer has clarified that there are no directives forthcoming from the Vatican directing that priests face in the same direction as the faithful while saying Mass.

Fr. Federico Lombardi’s July 11 communique follows on the appeal by Card. Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, asking priests to “implement this practice wherever possible, with prudence and with the necessary catechesis, certainly, but also with a pastor’s confidence that this is something good for the Church, something good for our people.”

Cardinal Sarah’s suggestion was made last week at a conference on liturgy being held in London.

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