- Jul 8, 2020
In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the closest aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, says that although the retired pontiff will turn 90 next month, his health is basically good and he continues to keep a very active schedule.
“Converting doesn’t mean going to a fairy with a magic wand,” Pope Francis said during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “No, it is a path, a path of turning away (from evil) and of learning. You learn to do good through concrete things. Not with words, but with actions.”
Preaching feedback is hard to find. It would be rare for a parishioner who is trained in communication to sit down with his parish priest over a cup of coffee and shoot the breeze about public speaking. If a priest or deacon wants to grow more effective in reaching his people, how is he to go about it?
“Today in the world, blood is being spilled. Today the world is at war. So many brothers and sisters die, even innocents, because the great, the powerful want a bigger piece of the earth; they want a little bit more power or want to gain a bit more through arms trafficking,” Pope Francis said during Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.
A preacher “may say something interesting — something moral, something that will make you feel good, a philanthropic good — but there is no word of God,” Pope Francis said during Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“That is how enmity between us grows: It starts with one small thing, a jealousy, envy. Then this grows and we see life only from that point of view and that thin straw becomes a beam,” Pope Francis said during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.