The Francis Chronicles
Welcoming in a new year, Pope Francis said it was time to stop provoking and ignoring violence, tragedy and conflict in the world, and begin building peace at home.
"Justice and peace at home, among us -- you begin at home and then you move on to all of humanity. But we have to start at home," he said Jan. 1, which the church marks as the feast of Mary, Mother of God and as World Peace Day.
Pope Francis today turned his attention to the dramatic predicament of migrants and refugees who not always find a welcome, but often become victims of human trafficking and slave labor, Vatican radio reported.
Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Francis said that on this first Sunday after Christmas, the liturgy invites us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.
In yet another gesture of outreach to ordinary people, Pope Francis starting in January will invite parishioners from Roman parishes to join him for his daily morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican residence where he lives.
The news was first reported yesterday by the Italian paper Corriere della Sera and confirmed today by the Vatican Press Office.
There are roughly 320 parishes in the Rome diocese.
The following is an NCR translation of the brief statement:
Pope Francis made a visit to the Bambin Gesù pediatric hospital on Saturday afternoon, touring the facility and visiting with the young patients of the care centre and with their families, as well as with medical professionals, other staff and administrators. He was welcomed in the courtyard of the facility by as many as four thousand well-wishers.
"Humility is necessary for fruitfulness," Pope Francis said at Mass Thursday morning in the Casa Santa Marta. Francis explained, citing Scripture, that understanding God as the source of life and praying to God for guidance can overcome the sterility of our lives and can make them more fruitful, Vatican Radio reported.
He warned to be on the guard for pride, adding that people need the humility to say, "Lord, I am sterile, I am a desert."