|Source: Catholic News Service|
During a special pallium mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis reminded his audience of the church’s core mission to go out into the world and make disciples. (In the Catholic Church, a pallium is a stole worn by archbishops as a symbol of unity with the pope and his responsibility to shepherd the flock the pope entrusted to his care.)
Using the Apostles Peter and Paul as examples of witnessing Christ, His Holiness remarked Christians can easily be overcome by laziness and “prefer to sit and contemplate the few sure things that we possess, rather than getting up and looking to new horizons, toward the open sea.”
With an eye toward the upcoming Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis issued a call to the church to be “turned in on itself…capable of pressing forward, leaving behind its own prisons and setting out to meet the world,” the pope said.
Christians are called to be a “church that is free and humble, that ‘gets up quickly’ and does not temporize or dilly dally before the challenges of the present time; a church that does not linger in its sacred precincts, but is driven by enthusiasm for the preaching of the Gospel and the desire to encounter and accept everyone,” he continued.
During the mass, the pope blessed palliums that will be sent to 44 archbishops from 32 countries who were named over the past 12 months. Among these archbishops are: U.S. Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre of Louisville; Mexican Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong of Jalapa; Irish Archbishop Francis Duffy of Tuam; Scottish Archbishop William Nolan of Glasgow; and French Archbishop Laurent Ulrich of Paris.
As has become standard practice, Pope Francis did not confer the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy, but rather, blessed the palliums after they had been brought up from the crypt above the tomb of St. Peter.
As each archbishop approached the Pope to receive their pallium, they were presented in a small wooden box tied with a thin gold ribbon.
Following the presentation of the palliums, in an unscripted moment, Pope Francis warned of the dangers of “falling into clericalism.”
“Clericalism is a perversion; the minister who behaves in a clerical manner has taken a wrong path. Clerical laity are even worse. We must be attentive to this perversion of clericalism,” he said.
Encouraging the archbishops to remain vigilant, he concluded the mass with a benediction reminding them that they have a great work ahead of them.
Source: Catholic News Service