- Jun 19, 2021
The Eight Beatitudes describe the path to holiness, but the call to meekness seems particularly challenging today, Pope Francis said.
Due to restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, Pope Francis will celebrate the feast of All Souls with a “strictly private” Mass at a Vatican cemetery.
There’s something fitting about it having been a Catholic priest who coined the famous phrase about being able to accomplish great things as long as you don’t want the credit, because of all environments on earth where that’s true, the Vatican merits a special pride of place.
The feasts of All Saints and All Souls were a time of hope on one hand, but sorrow on the other. And yet, they are twins of a single truth.
Today Pope Francis visits Laurentino cemetery on Rome’s southern outskirts, which in 2012 opened a “Garden of Angels,” over 700 square yards dedicated to the burial of children who were never born — either because of miscarriages or due to medical procedures, including abortion.
Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.