Rome's San Tommaso parish turns 50 this year, and as part of the celebration, Pope Francis, as the Bishop of Rome, celebrated Mass there. As he arrived and made his way through the streets, he was surrounded by people and camera flashes.
In his homily, the Pope explained that looking at one's heart, from feelings to intentions should be done more often than not.
"We should take a look at how we feel inside because our inner feelings, eventually come out and if they're bad, they cause harm. If they're positive feelings, they do good. It's so beautiful to tell ourselves the truth and also to feel ashamed when we're in a situation that doesn't follow what God wants, when it's a bad decision. When my heart is filled with hate, revenge, or sinful thoughts. Let's ask ourselves, what does my heart look like?
The first step is not fooling yourself, said the Pope. One must learn to recognize if one's heart is full of love or hate. Part of that comes with asking God for the grace to differentiate one from the other. He then added that evil actions have real consequences.
"Sometimes when we hear people speaking ill of others, it seems like we forget the sin of slander and defamation. It's like it's eliminated from the dictionary. But speaking ill of another person is a sin. Why do I speak wrongfully about a person? Because there's hate in my heart, antipathy, not love.”
At the end of the Mass, the Pope thanked the parish and the parish priest. Father Antonio D'Errico shared a few words that made a lot of people laugh, including the Pope.
FR. ANTONIO D' ERRICO
San Tommaso Parish
"Your Holiness, may I? As pastor I have to say a few things. Usually at the end of the Mass, the parish priest has to give a few announcements. I have two. May I? So, tomorrow we start..."
Part of the Pope's visit included greeting children who received their first Communion and also those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation. During his four hour visit, he also Confessed some parishioners and met with the elderly, the sick and parents with newly baptized children. This marks the Pope's fourth visit to a Roman parish.