Pope celebrates Mass at All Souls’ Day, visits Laurentino Children’s Cemetery

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Pope celebrates Mass at All Souls’ Day, visits Laurentino Children’s Cemetery

By Christopher Wells/ vaticannews.va and Jim Fair/ zenit.org

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Faithful Departed in Rome’s Laurentino Cemetery on Friday, November 2, observed in the Roman Rite as All Souls’ Day. It is one of the city’s newer cemeteries, having been dedicated in 2002 by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, at the time Cardinal Vicar for the Diocese of Rome.

“Today is a day of memory that takes us back to our roots,” the Pope said in his homily. “It is also a day of hope. It reminds us of what we can expect: the hope of encountering the love of the Father.”

The Pope’s reflections focused on three themes: memory, hope, and lights that help us along the road of life. “There is a path we need to follow, and we cannot take the wrong path,” he said. “The Beatitudes, which Jesus taught us, show us the right road to take. To be pure in heart, poor in Spirit – these are the lights that help us not to take the wrong road.”

Pope Francis concluded his homily with the prayer that “we may never lose our memories as a family, a people.” “May we never lose hope,” he said, “always contemplating the horizon, always looking ahead. May God grant us the grace to recognize the lights that accompany us to where He awaits us with so much love.”

Before the Liturgy, the Holy Father paused for a moment of silent prayer in a part of the cemetery set aside for young children who have died.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, Pope Francis, on his return to the Vatican, visited the Vatican Grottoes beneath St Peter’s Basilica, where he prayed for his predecessors in the Petrine ministry. Approximately one hundred Popes are believed to be buried under the Basilica.

On Saturday, Pope Francis will offer a Requiem Mass at St Peter’s for the repose of the souls of Cardinals and Bishops who have died in the course of the past year.

Pope Visits Laurentino Children’s Cemetery

“Today is a day of memory of the past, a day to remember those who walked before us, who also accompanied us, gave us life,” Pope Francis said on his visit to Laurentin Cemetery on All Souls Day, November 2, 2018. “Remember, remember. Memory is what makes a people strong because it feels rooted in a journey, rooted in a history, rooted in a people. Memory makes us understand that we are not alone, we are a people: a people that has history, that has passed, that has life.”

Pope Francis was the first Pontiff to go to the Laurentino cemetery, a 67-acre area in Rome’s southern periphery.

The program included a stop at the children’s cemetery. The “Garden of Angels” is an area of 600 square meters dedicated to the burial of stillborn or aborted babies. Two marble statues of Angels, symbols of innocence and purity, guard the Garden.

Monsignor Claudio Palma, almoner of the cemetery, said: “the Pope will keep present the spirit that is here in the Garden of Angels... a unique area where there is a place for aborted fetuses. He will be here for this reason: to stress the importance of life... because our life goes beyond death.”

The Holy Father celebrated Mass in the Chapel of the Risen Jesus, which opened in 2012. Of a circular shape and a surface of 220 square meters, it has 140 seats and a 120 square-meter Plaza.

The Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Camillo Ruini, consecrated the Laurentino cemetery on March 9, 2002. It’s the fourth cemetery visited by the Pontiff on the occasion of November 2: in 2013, 2014 and 2015, he celebrated Mass at the Verano cemetery. In 2016 he presided over the Eucharistic celebration at Prima Porta and in 2017 at the American cemetery of Nettuno, before pausing at the Fosses Ardeatine.

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 23:43
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