Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

Cheryl Sanders
January 26, 2021

Right afterwards, he called for a silent prayer in memory of Edwin, a 46-year-old homeless Nigerian man who died of exposure last Wednesday, not far from St Peter's Basilica. Let us be admonished by what was said by Saint Gregory the Great, who, before the death of a beggar due to the cold, stated that that day, Mass would not be celebrated because it was like Good Friday. "Let's pray for Edwin".

Life "is a gift of God's infinite love, but it is also the time to prove our love for Him. Therefore, every moment, every moment of our existence, is a precious time to love God and to love our neighbor, and thus enter eternal life". "And may she help us to convert to from the mentality of the world to that of love and service". He was unable to celebrate a morning Mass marking the occasion in St. Peter's Basilica due to sciatica.

Recognizing the limits many media outlets face because of budget constraints and the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the pope nevertheless pleaded for a return to real investigative and on-the-spot reporting and serious efforts to get away from simply repeating an outlet's "standard, often tendentious narrative". Never before has the Bible been accessible to everyone: now in all languages, in audiovisual and digital formats.


He thanked parishes for helping people to listen to God's word and urged Catholics to carry a small edition of the Gospels in their pocket or purse.

Vespers "recitation at the end of Pope Francis" prayer week for Christian Unity, scheduled for January 25, will be "led by his esteemed Cardinal Kurt Koch", Brunei added.

"When you have sciatica, you feel pain, weakness, numbness or tingling".


Pope Francis also recalled that Sunday is the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists.

In his World Communications Day message the Pope encourages journalism to recover a sense of enchantment in the immediacy of news reporting, quoting the beatified journalist the Blessed Manuel Lozano Garrido: "Open your eyes with wonder to what you see, let your hands touch the freshness and vitality of things, so that when others read what you write, they too can touch first-hand the vibrant miracle of life".

He said it is an invitation for everyone to communicate by meeting others where and as they are.


Pope Francis goes on to point to failures to report on the poorest within the west: "Even in the world of the more fortunate, the social tragedy of families rapidly slipping into poverty remains largely hidden".

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