the Pope Francisco He called the faithful to “love petty” in a new plea for humility during the traditional Mass of the Rooster at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, this Friday (24).
About 2,000 people, according to the press office of Vatican, they attended the celebration, wearing masks and sitting apart from each other.
Among those present at the ceremony, which was held in several languages, were ambassadors and representatives of other Christian denominations, as well as more than 200 priests, bishops and cardinals.
The faithful without tickets were able to follow the Mass outside, in St. Peter’s Square, through the screens.
Pope Francisco celebrates at Missa do Galo no Vaticano – Photo: Guglielmo Mangiapane / Reuters
Rediscover the little things in life
In his homily, the 85-year-old Argentine pope called on believers to “love petty” as “a path to true greatness” and “rediscover the little things in life.”
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an advocate for the weak, called the Church to be “beloved, poor and fraternal,” and warned against “indifference” to poverty.
“When Jesus was born, he was surrounded precisely by the young and the poor (…) near the forgotten in the suburbs. It comes from where human dignity is tested,” he said.
“Let us go back to our origins: to the foundations of faith, to our first love, to adoration and charity,” the religious insisted.
This is the second Christmas Mass in a row in the time of Covid.
In 2020, only 200 people, most of them working in a small country VaticanThey were able to attend mass due to health restrictions.
On Thursday, the Pope had already asked the Roman Curia to show “humility” and “sobriety” and to avoid “worldliness” and “pride” during their traditional Christmas celebrations.
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