- May 26, 2020
During his daily Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis said Jesus has a much broader concept of the family and it is “something much more than being a ‘disciple’ or a ‘friend’.” He said, “It means entering Jesus’ house, entering that atmosphere, to live that atmosphere that is in Jesus’ house.”
Estonian Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt, Lutheran Professor Theodor Dieter and Catholic Father Karl-Heinz Menke – both from Germany – were awarded the 2017 Ratzinger Prize for their contributions in the field of theology. For the first time an artist won the prize, in line with ““Benedict XVI’s appreciation for the art of music.”
During his morning Mass, Pope Francis asked people to remember to thank God in prayer for always being there to help them “move forward, to hope, to carry the cross.” The pope also said the Lord “will let us feel his presence” all the time.
Francis met Monday morning with 50 members of the Foundation of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, an organization which offers financial, material and technical support to the Vatican’s small military force. He thanked them for their work in support of the young Swiss men who devote some years of their lives to “serving the Church and the Holy See.”
Pope Francis said the Trappist dedication to prayer is “an expression of your love for God and a reflection of a love that embraces all of humanity.” Being contemplatives, he said, is a process or journey in which the monks and nuns become “men and women of prayer, ever more pervaded by love for the Lord and transformed into his friends.”
Three female ambassadors from different parts of the world and of different religious beliefs all agree that the Vatican is a pretty cozy place for women diplomats, but they also concur that when it comes to the role of women in the decision making process inside the Church, there’s still a long way to go.