Down to the Wire: Just $8,058 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

After visit to Roman parish, Pope mixes with crowd outside Vatican

Catholic World News - March 18, 2013

Pope Francis visited a parish in Rome on the first Sunday of his pontificate, and later rattled his security detail by wading into a crowd to greet the public.

The Pope celebrated Mass at the parish of St. Anna, where a large congregation had gathered in anticipation of his visit. In his homily he reflected on the day’s Gospel reading, which retold the story of the woman caught in adultery. The Pope observed that some of the people accusing that woman had probably been among the crowds that heard Jesus preaching in the Temple. They heard the Lord’s message, but did not act upon it, he said. “I also think we are like this people who, on the one hand want to listen to Jesus, but, on the other hand, at times, like to be cruel to others, isn't that right?” the Pope continued.

However, the Pope said, Jesus has an inexhaustible capacity for forgiving our failures. “He has the special ability to forget,” he said. God never tires of forgiving, the Pope said. “Let us ask for the grave to never tire of asking forgiveness.” Pope Francis greeted some of the parishioners at St. Ann’s, then returned to the Vatican, where he surprised some of the people who were gathering for his midday audience by appearing on Porta Angelica Street to mingle with the people.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($59,637 to go):
$150,000.00 $90,363.12
40% 60%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Getting Marriage Right 6 hours ago
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. 9 hours ago
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg 12 hours ago
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said 15 hours ago
Public perception demands a way of mercy November 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - 17 hours ago