Pope Francis entered his weekly audience waving from the popemobile. As he approached the center of St. Peter's Square, a pilgrim handed him a replica of his hat.
During his greeting in Italian, he sent an unusual thank you.
I am grateful for those who, coming from Ukraine and Russia and other countries of war, have decided not to be enemies but to live as brothers. May your example spark resolutions for peace in everyone, including those who have political responsibility.
During his catechesis, the Pope reflected on the life of the missionary Matteo Ricci, who he commended as “an example of apostolic zeal.” He evangelized in China in the 16th century and spread the scientific advances of the West.
The credibility gained through scientific dialogue gave him the authority to propose the truth of Christian faith and morals, which he discusses in depth in his major Chinese works.
The Pope said the mission of Matteo Ricci—who studied the Chinese language and customs in order to effectively evangelize—was successful because of both faith and action.
This is for all of us Christians who are evangelizers: I can say the creed by heart, I can say all the things we believe. But if your life is not consistent with this (action), it is of no use.
At the end of the audience, Pope Francis asked for the intercession of Our Lady for those suffering from war, especially in Ukraine.