- Jan 25, 2021
Unable to preside over Mass on the Sunday of the Word of God because of a recurring bout of sciatica, Pope Francis’s homily was read by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, which coordinates the annual celebration.
On Sunday, the Catholic Church in Latin America launched a consultation process that involves not only the hierarchy but also the laity, and Pope Francis reminded those taking part that “an elite illumined by one ideology or another” is not the Church.
Ailing Pope Francis, who this week is making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, has drawn attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death near the Vatican.
The value of Fratelli Tutti “is to be found in the firm decision to follow up and implement the teaching of the council: Universal fraternity and social friendship are for today’s world a ‘sign of the times,'” said Czech Cardinal Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in a Jan. 21 online address to CMSM.
The Vatican announced Saturday that for the second time this month, Pope Francis will be unable to preside over a number of liturgies and appointments due to his sciatica.