Friday, March 15, 2013

Pope Francis I: Tells Argentinians to Help Poor Instead of Coming to Rome

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told the apostolic nuncio to Argentina to ask his countrymen not to travel to Italy for the ceremony that will begin his pontificate.
“Tell the bishops and the faithful to make an offering and an act of solidarity to the poor with the money instead,” said the Vatican’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi.

Father Lombardi spoke March 15 with the nuncio, Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, who confirmed that Pope Francis had telephoned him on the night of his election.
“But those who know him find this very normal, since it is his style,” said Father Lombardi at the Vatican’s media center.
“I don’t think he forbade it, he just said it wasn’t necessary for people to come to his installation Mass,” he added.


ARGENTINA

by ESTEFANIA AGUIRRE/CNA/EWTN NEWS

03/15/2013

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