Loading
Pope: 'Quality of life in Rome depends on all of us'
Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013. Credit: Elise Harris / CNA.
Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013. Credit: Elise Harris / CNA.
By Kerri Lenartowick
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- In his homily during evening prayer on New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis focused on the theme of time well spent, urging the citizens of Rome to better their city in the upcoming year.

“It is the last day of the year. What will we do, how will we act next year, to make our city a little better?” he questioned the congregation gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 31 in anticipation of the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Thinking of “this city of Rome,” he continued. “What has happened this year? What is happening and what will happen? How is the quality of life in this city? It depends on all of us!”

“The face of a city is like a mosaic whose pieces are all the people that live there,” Pope Francis explained.

In the city of Rome, noted the Pontiff, one feels “more strongly this contrast” between the “majestic environment” of artistic beauty and the “social hardships” faced by many living there.

“Rome is a city of unique beauty. Its spiritual and cultural patrimony is extraordinary. Nevertheless, in Rome there are also many persons marked by material and moral misery – poor, unhappy, suffering – who challenge the conscience not only of the responsible public officials, but of every citizen.”

The ancient city is not only “full of tourists” but also “full of refugees” and those who are unable to have work.  No matter what a person’s circumstances, urged the Pope, he or she must be treated with “the same attitude of welcome and equality because each person is a bearer of human dignity.”

He went on to stress the need for the men and women of Rome not to merely watch life “from afar” or “from a balcony, without getting involved in the many human problems” of those who live in the city.

The closing of the year is a time to reflect on “how we have seen the time that the Lord has given us.”

“Have we used it above all for ourselves, for our interests, or have we known to spend it also for others? And for God?” Pope Francis queried.

“Each moment of our life is definitive and is charged with eternity,” he reminded the congregation.

“The Church of Rome feels committed to make its own contribution to the life and future of the city, to animate it with the leaven of the gospel, to be a sign and instrument of the mercy of God.

In the coming year, then, Pope Francis emphasized, Rome will “have an even more beautiful face if it is more rich in humanity, hospitable, friendly, and if all of us are attentive and generous to those who are in trouble; if we work together with a constructive spirit of solidarity, for the good of all.”

Tags: Pope Francis, Rome, Vespers, New Year's Eve

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?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
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
Dec
19

Liturgical Calendar

December 19, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14