Some people will always want to destroy unity and stifle prophets, Pope Francis said on the feast of Ss Peter and Paul.
And yet, Jesus challenges everyone to be – like Peter – a rock for building a renewed Church and renewed humanity, and – like Paul – a missionary who brings the Gospel to others, he said during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on 29th June.
People also need to complain less and pray more, especially for those who govern, the pope said.
People must ask themselves whether they “simply talk and do nothing” because God wants people to pray and “be mindful of those who do not think as we do, those who have slammed the door in our face, those whom we find it hard to forgive.”
The feast day celebration in St Peter’s Basilica was markedly different from other years because of ongoing restrictions in place to stem the spread of Covid-19. Normally archbishops appointed over the course of the previous year would have been invited to concelebrate the feast day Mass with the pope and watch as he blessed their palliums, woolen bands worn around their shoulders.
Picture: Pope Francis places a pallium on Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, dean of the College of Cardinals, as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of Ss Peter and Paul in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 29th June 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).