Bilbao, Spain, Aug 16, 2013 / 12:49 pm
Bishop Mario Iceta of Bilbao, Spain, said that like Mary, we should allow our lives to be used to offer hope to those in all forms of poverty, as well as to young people.
During his homily at the Basilica of Begona on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Bishop Iceta drew attention especially to the elderly and the sick who were not able to attend the Mass.
In particular, he mentioned the mayor of Bilbao, Inaki Azkuna, who traditionally attends the festivities on August 15 but was recovering from an illness.
"He would very much like to have been here with us," Bishop Iceta said, adding that he wishes the mayor a "speedy recovery" so that he can return to "the important task of serving the common good."