Vatican City, Feb 7, 2022 / 14:00 pm
Pope Francis encouraged priests on Monday not to “remain barricaded in the sacristy” as the world is “waiting for the Gospel.”
In an address to members of Rome’s Pontifical Lombard Seminary at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Feb. 7, the pope noted that Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI, had studied at the institution.
“As soon as he was elected, Pius XI chose to look out no longer from inside St. Peter’s Basilica, but from the external loggia,” he said, explaining that the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square had not been opened for years before Pius XI’s election 100 years ago in 1922.
“With this gesture he reminds us that we need to open up, to expand the horizon of ministry to the dimensions of the world, to reach out to every child, whom God wishes to embrace with his love.”