Pope Francis formally conferred the ministries of lector and catechist upon four men and six women from the Philippines, Mexico, Congo, Italy, and the U.K. on Sunday at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis said that following Jesus requires the courage to leave behind the sins that are holding us back.
During Mass for Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis formally conferred upon lay Catholics the ministries of lector and catechist.
There is a need to revisit the culture of reading the Holy Bible and to make the word of God part of people’s lives, the Catholic Priest at the helm of the national Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Kenya has said in an interview.
The candidates come from three continents.
Inspired by the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God, which Pope Francis established through his September 30, 2019 Apostolic Letter “Aperuit illis” to be marked by Catholics across the globe on January 26, Kenya’s Diocese of Murang’a launched a yearlong celebration of the same event Saturday, January 25.
Pope Francis preached Sunday about the life-changing power of God’s word in Scripture, encouraging everyone to keep a Bible close for daily inspiration.
At a time when the Catholics across the globe are preparing for “the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God" on Sunday, January 26 as instituted through Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Motu proprio "Aperuit illis", the Kenyan Priest heading the national Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) is calling for the revival of Sunday School and the reading of Bible stories to children, a practice that goes a long way in instilling the Bible reading culture among children.
Pope Francis Monday declared the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be the Sunday of the Word of God in order to promote a closer relationship with holy scripture and its dissemination in the world.