Vatican publishes book of Pope Francis’ ‘lockdown’ homilies

The Vatican Publishing House has issued a downloadable publication containing Pope Francis’ daily homilies from Casa Santa Marta and prayers suggested for the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 25, 2020

VATICAN: The Vatican Publishing House has issued a downloadable publication containing Pope Francis’ daily homilies from Casa Santa Marta and prayers suggested for the coronavirus pandemic.

As a sign of his closeness to those who were ill, under quarantine, or for whatever reason, were unable to leave their homes, Pope Francis began transmitting his daily morning Mass as Italy went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From March 9 to May 18, the Mass Pope Francis celebrated every morning was transmitted throughout the world. Thousands of people, regardless of religious affiliation, watched or listened through the various Vatican Media channels and other radio and televisions stations or digital platforms that picked up the transmission. For many, Pope Francis’ Mass beVatican publishes book of Pope Francis’ ‘lockdown’ homilies Taiwan president attends archbishop’s installation Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen presents a gift to Archbishop Thomas Chung An-zu of Taipei after he was installed at a function at Chung Mei Church in Fujen Catholic University on July 18, 2020. (UCA News photo)  came a staple for coping with the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

Digital edition
Playbacks of the Mass and summaries of Pope Francis’ homilies were made accessible through the Vatican News website and Youtube channel.

The complete texts of his homilies have now been published as a downloadable file. Entitled Strong in the Face of Tribulation:  The Church in Communion - A Sure Support in Time of Trial, the text also contains blessings and prayers, including the prayer used during the extraordinary moment of prayer with Pope Francis on March 27; as well as the decrees of the Apostolic Penitentiary regarding the special indulgences granted because of the special circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fr Giulio Cesareo, editorial director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican Publishing House), underlined how important Pope Francis’ homilies were. “He is a father,” Fr Giulio said, “a spiritual guide who accompanied us as we lived that period. His homilies are precious because they are not only valid for back then. We still experience conflicts, shame, difficulties in  praying. We were perhaps more receptive and attentive to what he told us back then. But it is important to keep his words with us so as to allow ourselves to be continually nourished by the beautiful things he said that concern life.”

Print edition
Since the suspension of the daily transmission of the Pope’s Mass, many readers asked for the online edition be made available in print. Thus, the booklet that “accompanied them as they lived through faith the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic” could also be a concrete keepsake of the closeness of both Pope Francis and our Lord at this devastating time. The printed edition will soon be available through Amazon by other publishers who obtain the rights to publish it.––ICN

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