- Feb 23, 2020
With nearly five million Catholics, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is not only the largest diocese in the United States, it is also one of the most diverse, with people from about 70 different countries and every continent, and Masses said in 42 languages.
Bringing his 32-hour visit to Ireland to a crescendo, Pope Francis Sunday celebrated an open-air Mass for a half-million people in which he apologized for the clerical sexual abuse crisis, saying “some members of the hierarchy didn’t own up to these painful situations and kept silent.”
On Sunday, Pope Francis ordained 16 men to the priesthood, reminding them to be like Jesus the Good Shepherd in the way they serve the members of their spiritual flock and minister to those who are lost and searching for God.
“Happy Easter and give a big applause” for Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said at the audience before calling faithful to allow the fruits drawn from Mass to blossom in their everyday lives.
Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.
Pope Francis reminds faithful to imitate Saint Padre Pio, the famous stigmatic Capuchin, during his visit to his birthlace in southern Italy on the 50th anniversary of his death.