- Apr 21, 2021
Decrying the unimaginable “hell” migrants experience in detention centers, Pope Francis urged all Christians to examine how they do or don’t help — as Jesus commanded — the people God has placed in their path.
Pope Francis offered prayers and thanks to men and women who work each day to ensure that hospitals and neighborhoods are clean during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christians must follow the Ten Commandments, of course, but Christianity is not about following rules, it is about having a relationship with Jesus, Pope Francis said.
At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of the long-term impact it will have, believers of every religion should beg mercy from the one God and father of all, Pope Francis said.
When most Catholics hear the Gospel reading about the vine and the branches, they focus on Jesus saying that God prunes the branches, so the vine bears more fruit, Pope Francis said.
In his Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from St. John, in which Jesus tells his disciples that he will give them a peace that is different from the peace the world offers.
Just as Jesus told the disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” he says the same thing to his followers today amid “the dramas of life,” Pope Francis said.
As countries continue to reel from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis offered prayers for the men and women who have been unable to work.