The Church is “the community of the yes”, molded by
the Holy Spirit. This was the image meditated upon by Pope Francis on
Thursday morning, 2 May, at Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Concelebrating were: Cardinal Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don,
Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini of
Portoviejo, Ecuador; and Mons. RaphaŽl KutaÔmi, former Rector of the Syro-Catholic
Cathedral in Baghdad, injured in the attack in October 2010 when 50 faithful
were killed during Mass.
Also present were a group of colleagues from the Vatican
Museums and those responsible for the insert of L'Osservatore Romano
“Women Church World”: Ritanna Armeni, Lucetta Scaraffia, Giulia Galeotti and
the artist Isabella Ducrot, who designed the border of our commemorative
issues at the election and inauguration of Francis’ Pontificate, as well as
the editor-in-chief of our paper.
During the homily the Pontiff dwelt on the Church which left
the Cenacle of Pentecost after the prayer of the apostles with Mary. A
Church, he highlighted, ever encouraged by the Holy Spirit, and which spread
throughout the world bit by bit, bringing the Good News among the pagans.
Commenting on the Acts of the Apostles (15:7-21) and the
Gospel of John (15:9-11), the Holy Father described the action of the Church
that “went to the outskirts of the Faith, where they did not believe in the
message of Jesus Christ, for they did not know him. She went to preach,
impelled by the Holy Spirit”, who works mainly “in two manners: first he
impels”, the Pope said. This creates “some problems too”; then he builds up
“the harmony of the Church, within. It is a continuous movement, that of the
Finally, he exhorted the faithful: “may we ask the Lord that
the Holy Spirit help us to become a community of love, love for Jesus who
loved us so much”; may this community ever have “open doors. And may it
defend us from the temptation of becoming – perhaps – puritans, in the
etymological sense of the word, searching for a para-evangelical purity, a
community of ‘no’. For Jesus asks first of us love, love for him; and he
asks us to remain in his love”.