Vatican City, 17 May, 2020 / 11:09 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. Pope John Paul II, saying his predecessor is remembered “with much affection and gratitude.”
“From heaven he continues to intercede for the People of God and peace in the world,” Francis said, noting that he will offer Mass at the altar of the Polish pope’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the occasion May 18.
In his Regina coeli address May 17, Francis said God’s commandments are “a light to our footsteps,” not a “sort of mirror, in which we can see our miseries and inconsistencies reflected.”
Speaking from the library of the apostolic palace due to the coronavirus pandemic, he said, “the Word of God is given to us as the Word of life, which transforms, which renews, which does not judge to condemn, but heals and has forgiveness as its goal.”
He pointed out that Jesus connects love for him to observance of the commandments, saying: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” and “whoever accepts my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.”