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2015-03-09

It was not a normal parish visit. Pope Francis came to the church of Ognissanti in Rome for a special anniversary. 50 years ago, the first Mass in a common language was given there. Before, Mass had only been celebrated in Latin.

The Pope used the same sacred vessels, the same lectern, and the same candlesticks as Paul VI had that day.

POPE FRANCIS
"The liturgy is not a strange thing, there, far away. While celebrating, one does not think of many things, or pray the rosary. No, no. There is a correspondence between the liturgical celebration, because it bring something into one's life."

The Pope says the key is to have harmony between the liturgy and a Christian's daily life. For example, he said that a Catholic cannot mistreat others and still be content to go to Mass.

POPE FRANCIS
"The disciple of Jesus does not go to church just to observe a precept, to feel good about a God who then should not 'disturb' too much. 'But Lord, I go every Sunday ..., Do not get involved in my life. Do not disturb me.' This is the attitude of many Catholics, many. The disciple of Jesus goes to church to meet the Lord and find his grace, which operates in the sacraments, the power to think and act according to the Gospel."

Before leaving, he recalled that the liturgical reform was "a brave gesture of the Church," which helped people better understand what happens at Mass. He said that "it is important to follow the Mass this way," and so the reform cannot be undone.

The Pope jokingly added that the choir had sung very well, but he wished that others who attended the Mass also sang.


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