Rome, 02 November, 2019 / 4:38 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis celebrated Mass Saturday for the souls of the dead in Rome’s Catacombs of Priscilla, saying the place of a Christian is in the safety of the hands of God, whatever the outside circumstances might be.
“The souls of the just are in the hands of God, the hands of God, which are wounded…” he said Nov. 2.
“The place of the Christian,” he continued, “is in the intercession of Jesus before the Father. In the hands of God. And we are safe. Whatever happens, happens – it is the cross. In this identity we are blessed. If they persecute us, if they say anything against us, if we are in the hands of God, [which are] wounded by love, we are safe. This is our place.”
“Where am I most safe? In the hands of God or with other things, other securities?” he asked.
The Catacombs of Priscilla were one of the prominent catacombs of the early Church in Rome and is referred to in early Christian texts as “regina catacumbarum,” meaning “the queen of the catacombs” because of the many martyrs who were buried there.