Vatican City, 29 June, 2022 / 8:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis called Wednesday for Catholics not to retreat into their own groups, but to open the church doors and work together to care for the vulnerable in the world.
“What can we do together, as Church, to make the world in which we live more humane, just and solidarity, more open to God and to fraternity among men? Surely we must not retreat into our ecclesial circles and remain pinned to some of our fruitless debates,” he said at Mass on June 29 for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
? HIGHLIGHTS | Pope Francis presided over the opening rites of the Mass for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. He also gave the homily and prayed before the tomb of St. Peter after Mass with a delegation from the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. pic.twitter.com/8nCEthXXYA— EWTN News (@EWTNews) June 29, 2022
“Together we can and must continue to care for human life, the protection of creation, the dignity of work, the problems of families, the treatment of the elderly and all those who are abandoned, rejected or treated with contempt,” he said. “In a word, we are called to be a Church that promotes the culture of care, tenderness and compassion towards the vulnerable.”
During the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis also blessed the pallia for the metropolitan archbishops appointed in the last year.