Loading
Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity
By Estefania Aguirre
Cardinal Angelo Sodano celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013. Credit: Mauricio Artieda/CNA.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013. Credit: Mauricio Artieda/CNA.

.- The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new Pope that will embrace the mission of charity with a generous heart.

“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 12.

“Let us pray that the future Pope may continue this unceasing work on the world level,” he added.

Cardinal Sodano gave his homily in Italian and drew out themes from the two readings and the Gospel.

He focused on the importance of love in charity with his reflections on the reading from Isaiah, the necessity of unity in the Church with the reading from Ephesians, and the mission of the future Pope in his thoughts on the Last Supper account from St. John’s Gospel.

Expanding on the importance of love for the new Pope, Cardinal Sodano looked back at “the last popes” who have been “”builders of so many good initiatives for people and for the international community, tirelessly promoting justice and peace.”

The Mass was celebrated in Latin at 10:00 a.m. local time and finished just before noon.

“The basic attitude of every shepherd is to lay down one’s life for his sheep,” Cardinal Sodano said. “This also applies to the Successor of Peter, pastor of the Universal Church.

“As high and universal as the pastoral office is, so much greater must be the charity of the Shepherd,” he added.

Cardinal Sodano filled out his description of charity by underscoring that Jesus entrusted “the mission of mercy” to the pastors of his Church and that it “must be embraced by every priest and bishop, especially the Pope.”

“It is important, however, to remember that the greatest work of charity is evangelization, which is the “ministry of the word,” he stated, quoting Benedict XVI’s encyclical on charity.

“There is no action more beneficial, and therefore more charitable, towards one’s neighbor than to break the bread of the word of God.”

Today’s Mass proceeds the Conclave, which will officially begin once the Sistine Chapel’s doors are closed at around 5:30 p.m. local time.

The cardinals will process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel by passing through Regia Hall, beginning at around 4:30 p.m. local time.

They will sing the Litany of the Saints while they walk, and once they arrive in the Sistine Chapel they will sing Veni Creator Spiritus.

Then, at around 4:45 p.m., the cardinal electors will all take a general oath together, which will proceed an individual oath.

The papal master of ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini, will then declare “extra omnes” and the doors will be shut.

A possible first vote for the new Pope could take place this evening, and if that happens, the smoke will be seen around 8:00 p.m.

Tags: Conclave, College of Cardinals


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
30

Liturgical Calendar

August 30, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 25:14-30

Gospel
Date
08/30/14
08/29/14
08/28/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 1: 26-31
Gospel:: Mt 25: 14-30

Saint of the Day

St. Jeanne Jugan »

Saint
Date
08/30/14
08/28/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 25:14-30

Homily
Date
08/30/14
08/29/14
08/28/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: