Pope Francis stressed that without prayer, the Church becomes “like an empty shell” in which no effective changes take place and which loses its direction to evangelize.
When she was nearly 40, Saint Teresa experienced profound changes within her own soul in contemplative prayer, and remarkable visions that seemed to come from God.
In the letter published today, Pope Francis wrote: “In this past year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world has been forced to confront a series of grave and interrelated socio-economic, ecological, and political crises.”
Pope Francis’ Divine Mercy Sunday Mass on April 11 will not be open to the public but will be broadcast on television and via live stream at 10:30 a.m. local time.
The Diocese of Duluth, which serves more than 44,000 Catholics in northeastern Minnesota, has been without a bishop since the sudden death of Bishop Paul Sirba on Dec. 1, 2019.
The pope gave his address, dedicated to praying in communion with the saints, in the library of the Apostolic Palace due to coronavirus restrictions.
In the Urbi et Orbi blessing, Pope Francis noted that “once again this year, in various places many Christians have celebrated Easter under severe restrictions and, at times, without being able to attend liturgical celebrations.”
The new book, Why Are You Afraid? Have You No Faith?, is being released around the world in several languages through a collaboration between the Vatican Publishing House and the French publisher Bayard.