Today at his weekly General Audience in Rome, the Pope continued his catechesis, in which he spoke of the importance of the Gospel and Homily said during Mass. Pope Francis explained to his General Audience that, “The Word of the Lord enters through the ears, arrives at the heart, and goes to the hands to perform good works but it requires both the preacher and the congregation to be open to God’s Word."
During his address, the Pope spoke to homilists, and advised them that in order to present a successful homily, it must be well-prepared and brief. "Sometimes, the congregation has reason to be bored by a homily, that is too long, irrelevant, or incomprehensible. The way to prepare a good homily is with prayer, study of the Word of God, and a clear brief message which must not go over 10 minutes”.
On another note, it has been exactly five years since Pope Benedict announced his resignation, making him the first pope in 600 years to resign. To mark this occasion, the Pope emeritus penned a letter to a local Italian newspaper telling them that: "I am on a pilgrimage toward Home".
In his letter, the 90-year-old retired Pope wrote: “I am touched to know how many of the readers of your newspaper want to know how I am experiencing this last period of my life. In that regard I can only say that with the slow diminishing of my physical strength, inwardly, I am on a pilgrimage toward Home". "It is a great grace in this last, sometimes tiring stage of my journey, to be surrounded by a love and kindness that I never could have imagined" he said in his letter, which was written on an official stationery.
Moreover, The World Day of Migrants and Refugees is tomorrow; an important day which the Church has acknowledged since 1914. It's an occasion to not only reflect and express concerns for migrants, but to also build awareness on the challenges and lives of those who are trapped in a state of slavery. This year, the Pope has chosen to focus this day on 3 specific themes, which are revealed in his video.