Follow usTwitterFacebook


12 Sep 2014 USA No comments

Mo. lawmakers override governor's veto to pass pro-life measures

St. Louis, Mo., Sep 12, 2014 / 03:49 pm .- The Missouri legislature has overridden two vetoes from Gov. Jay Nixon in order to implement a three-day waiting peri…

Read more

04 Nov 2016 News No comments

New bishop appointed in Guam following suspension of archbishop over abuse allegations

A new civil lawsuit has been filed against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who was suspended in June The Pope has appointed a new coadjutor bishop of the Catholic C…

Read more

07 Dec 2016 News No comments

'Zombie Catholics' appear in France - How will the Church respond?

It happened in Britain. It happened in the U.S. And now it's happening in France. A staunchly right-winged politician whose changes seemed slim when the p…

Read more

02 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Pope Francis challenges gender theory in defense of marriage

In a lengthy, off-the-cuff speech in Georgia, Pope Francis said the world today is at war with marriage, and urged couples to fight against modern threats to th…

Read more

25 Nov 2015 News USA No comments

Pope Francis appoints new bishop for Catholics nurtured in the Anglican Communion

Pope Francis   announced the appointment of the first Bishop of the ordinate of the chair of Peter, Msgr. Steven J. Lopes. The Ordinariate has more than 40 Roma…

Read more

09 Dec 2016 News Comments (1)

Did Pope Francis compare media obsession with fake news to consumption of bodily waste?

Pope Francis has issued a statement against the media's obsession with fake news and gossip. Except, the term he used to describe the obsession is raising eyebr…

Read more

20 Sep 2014 Q&A Comments (28)

What happens to our bodies immediately after we die?

Full Question What is the official church teaching on what happens after our earthly bodies die: Are we "dead" until Judgment Day or do we immediately go to he…

Read more

30 Jan 2016 Articles No comments

Curricula: The Catholic Church's Hierarchy

The hierarchy connotes the totality of powers established in the Church for the guiding of man to his eternal salvation, but divided into various orders or grad…

Read more

10 Oct 2014 Vatican No comments

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 04:32 am .- The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our u…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

The hope of the Resurrection never fails us, says Pope

The feast of All Souls is a reminder of that hope, Francis says during cemetery visit

Visiting a cemetery on the feast of All Souls can evoke feelings of loss and sadness, but for Christians marking the feast, it is also an affirmation of hope in the Resurrection, Pope Francis has said.

Through his death on the cross, Jesus “opened for us the door of hope where we will contemplate God,” the Pope said at an evening Mass amid the tombs of Rome’s Prima Porta cemetery.

“The hope of the resurrection never fails us,” the Pope said. “The first one who walked this path was Jesus. We will walk the path he has walked.”

As the sun set among scattered grey clouds, hundreds of people attending the Mass were seated along the cemetery walkway, surrounded by the burial plots of countless loved ones. Just before beginning the Mass, Pope Francis, dressed in a purple chasuble, laid roses in front of a tomb within the walls of the cemetery’s mausoleum.

Reflecting on the feast day’s first reading from the Book of Job, the Pope noted that in the midst of suffering and darkness, “Job proclaims hope.”

“As for me, I know that my vindicator lives and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust. I will see for myself; my own eyes, not another’s, will behold him,” Job says.

Although visiting the tombs of loved ones who have passed away and realising that death will come for each person can bring feelings of sadness, the Pope said that the act of bringing flowers to a cemetery is also a sign of joyful hope in the afterlife.

The feast of All Souls takes on a “dual meaning” where “sadness is mixed with hope,” he said.

“We return home today with this dual memory: the memory of the past, of our loved ones who have gone and the memory of the future, the path we will go on with the certainty and with the assurance that came from Jesus’ lips: ‘I will raise him up on the last day,’” the Pope said.

Italians, taking advantage of the November 1 public holiday celebrating All Saints, traditionally visit the graves of their loved ones, often tidying up their graves and laying fresh flowers on the eve of the feast of All Souls.

Before concluding the Mass, Pope Francis blessed the tombs, while reciting a prayer to God that he would “comfort those in the pain of separation” and that those who have died will “one day participate in the paschal victory of your son.”


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories