3 Jan 2014

Trying to keep up with Pope Francis - 3 January 2014

Pope Francis embraces Father Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Society of Jesus,
at the conclusion of Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome Jan. 3. The Mass was celebrated
on the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in thanksgiving for the
 recent canonization of Jesuit St. Peter Faber. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Phil over at Blue Eyed Ennis has a great round up of things Roman today including:

The Feast Of The Holy Name of Jesus and More on the New Jesuit Saint, Peter Faber

Update Wake Up The World - The Call Of Pope Francis To Religious Life and The Challenges Facing The Church

Other links:

Francis tells religious to 'wake the world,' outlines modern struggles for church - NCR

Pope Francis: "The strength of the Church does not reside in herself, but is instead concealed in the deep waters of God" - Vatican News

Pope: the Gospel is not proclaimed "with inquisitorial beatings" but "gently, with fraternity and love" - Asia News

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Jesuit mother church - Vatican Radio

Photos from Vatican Radio Facebook - Pope Francis on Friday morning celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus at the mother-church of the Jesuit order, the Gesù. He was greeted by Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

Photos from Catholic News Service

From Irish Jesuits Facebook - "A smile and a rosary for every Jesuit at mass in the Gesu. Irish Jesuit Michael Paul Gallagher SJ was there: "I have just come back from Mass with the Pope at the Gesù Church, concelebrated by about 350 Jesuits. It was a truly joyful occasion, in a simple style. In fact the Pope entered the church in procession about 10 minutes earlier than the 9 am starting point. For the procession they had chosen to accompany him a large number of Jesuit deacons from many countries and the youngest of the recently ordained priests.

During his homily I was straight in front of him, about 15 feet away, and could relish his way of underlining certain points and also when he departed from his text with a smile to make some additional comment (for example, about not preaching the Gospel brandishing a stick but with sweetness). More than once he used the expression “we Jesuits”. His focus was on St Peter Faber and he spoke of him with great affection, as a traveller in mission to the frontiers, a man of dialogue, rooted always in the heart of Christ. One of the Pope’s asides about Faber was that they said he was born never to be at home but to be on the road. In fact the fine new statue of the Saint that the Pope consecrated at the end of Mass with incense shows him with a staff in hand and being guided by an angel. At the end of the Mass Pope Francis greeted each Jesuit individually(for a few seconds) in the sacristy, giving each a big smile (and a rosary). This was not expected in advance and must have added at least 30 minutes to the Mass which lasted about 75 minutes. All in all it was an occasion of real consolation and of companionship in the Lord. The Pope himself seemed relaxed, recollected and enjoyably at home with this moment of history. Thank God for such an occasion of confirmation and of hope."

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