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To be the Church of “yes”

· Pope's Mass at Santa Marta ·

The Church “the community of the yes ”, molded by the Holy Spirit, opposed to the “Church of no ” that compels the Spirit to a “two-faced work”.  This was the image offered by Pope Francis to those who participated in Thursday morning's Mass on 2 May in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae . Concelebrating were: Cardinal Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don, Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini of  Portoviejo, Ecuador; and Mons.  Raphaël Kutaïmi, emeritus Rector of the Syro-Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad, injured in an attack on the last Sunday of October 2010, in which 50 faithful present at Mass died.

Also present were a group of colleagues from the Vatican Museums and those responsible for the insert of L'Osservatore Romano “Women Church World” — Ritanna Armeni, Lucetta Scaraffia, Giulia Galeotti and the artist Isabella Ducrot, who is — among other things — the creator of the background arrangement which adorned the copies of our paper for the election and beginning of Pope Francis' pontificate — along with the editor-in-chief of our paper.

During the homily the Pontiff dwelt on the Church which left the Cenacle of Pentecost after the prayer of the apostles with Mary.  A Church, he highlighted, ever encouraged by the Holy Spirit, and which spread throughout the world bit by bit, bringing the Good News among the pagans.

Commenting on the Acts of the Apostles (15:7-21) and the Gospel of John (15:9-11), the Holy Father described the action of the Church that “went to the outskirts of the Faith, where they did not believe in the message of Jesus Christ, for they did not know him.  She went to preach, impelled by the Holy Spirit”, who works mainly “in two manners: first he impels”, the Pope said.  This creates “some problems too”; then he builds up “the harmony of the Church, within.  It is a continuous movement, that of the Holy Spirit”.

Finally, he exhorted the faithful: “may we ask the Lord that the Holy Spirit aid us always to become a community of love.  Of love for Jesus who loved us so much”; a community “of the yes which brings to fulfilment the commandments”; may this community ever have “open doors. And may it defend us from the temptation to become – perhaps – puritans, in the etymological sense of the word, searching for a para-evangelical purity, a community of ‘no’. For Jesus asks first of us love, love for him; and he asks us to remain in his love”.

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