21st Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 Newsletter


Among all the things that Pope Francis says, what are those that most characterize his action, according to you?

I have no doubt that it is his continual reaffirmation of Jesus’ name.  This is the epicentre that he continually returns to.  More than the name of Christ, which is a title, he talks aboutJesus, which is the name that indicates the concrete person of the God-man. It is revealing that the pope asked the faithful who were gathered in St Peter’s Square not to cry out, “Francis, Francis!” but to cry out, “Jesus, Jesus!”  This is what every Christian should do. This pope has a personal relationship with Jesus, a fruit of the Spirit, and it shows.  Everyone can perceive it.  It is most certainly the fruit of a long labour, as we can see then Francis makes reference to his own conversion in the course of his life.  It is a road with some aspects that make me think of the road Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a man and a pastor who learned and embraced a certain style of Gospel radicalness because of the circumstances he was living in.

Raniero Cantalamessa

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