The Pope urged pilgrims gathered in the square below to ask themselves whether they were truly committed to serving the neglected or simply sought “personal gratification” like Jesus’ disciples on that occasion.
The newly instituted ministry of catechist is for lay people who have a particular call to serve the Catholic Church as a teacher of the faith.
The day began with Mass offered for the repose of the souls of the 92 Lombardy priests who died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Archbishop Heße announced in March that he was offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.
The Pope’s comments during the in-flight press conference came at the end of his four-day visit to Hungary and Slovakia.
Out of the six questions that the Pope was asked during the in-flight press conference, he spent the most time speaking about the topic of abortion and the reception of Communion by politicans who support abortion.
On the final day of his visit to Slovakia, Pope Francis offered the live-streamed Mass outside the country’s National Shrine of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in the young town of Šaštín.
The appointment comes at a challenging time for the Catholic Church in Belarus, a country of 9.6 million people bordering Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.
Situated on the periphery of Bratislava, the block was once called “the Bronx of Slovakia” due to the local drug trade.