Vatican City, Jun 17, 2020 / 03:40 am
Ahead of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to discover the riches of charity hidden in the heart of Christ.
"Friday we will celebrate the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Do not be afraid to present to him all the intentions of our suffering humanity, its fears, its miseries. May this Heart, full of love for men, give everyone hope and trust," Pope Francis said June 17 in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.
"I invite you to discover the riches that are hidden in the Heart of Jesus, to learn to love your neighbor," the pope said via the livestream broadcast of his weekly catechesis.
The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a liturgical feast celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi. The devotion to the heart of Jesus has Christ's unconditional love at its center, exemplified in the blood and water which poured forth from Christ's heart in his sacrifice on the cross.