Palm Sunday 2020: Pope Francis holds mass in an empty church

Clay Curtis
April 8, 2020

Speaking on Sunday about the pandemic, the Pope admonished the entire nations to be more spiritual in time like this, describing the current happening as a tragedy the world has to face in order to realize that everything is vanity and only Jesus Christ remains.

In Rome, parish priests took to rooftops to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in view of house-bound residents, according to The Associated Press. We think of some charitable or humanitarian organisations that have many, many employees, with a structure full of people and only about 40% of donations make it to the poor because 60% goes to pay many salaries.

"This story of the unfaithful administrator is always current: they are always around, even at a high level". However, the vast majority of the poor are victims of economic policies, of financial policies. "It is a way of taking money from the poor", he said.

"This year because of the new situation we are trying to come to all the Christians in our Christian Quarter to bring these branches of olives, the sign of new hope", said the Rev. Sandro Tomasevic, a Catholic clergyman at the Latin Parish of Jerusalem. The new poor, who must leave the house because they can not pay, go there.

Before praying the Angelus, the pope recalled how young people from Panama were meant to have handed over the World Youth Day cross to a delegation from Lisbon, Portugal, which will host the event in 2022. "This is the injustice of the economic or financial system that has left them like that", the Pope said.

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"None of us fell into the world by chance, by accident", he said.

POPE FRANCISLet us spiritually embrace the sick, their families and those who care for them selflessly.

"We ask for the grace to persevere in service", he said. He did it for me, for you, to say to us, 'Do not be afraid, you are not alone.

Mary bore those sufferings "with strength, with tears - it wasn't a fake cry, hers was truly a heart destroyed by pain", the pope said.

With the morning Masses from the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae livestreamed during the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis begins the liturgy with a special thought and prayer intention each day.

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