U.S. Catholics joined Pope Francis and the rest of the world in expressing sorrow for those killed and injured in the latest terrorist attacks in London
. After celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday
, the Pope offered public prayers for the victims of the attack that left 7 people dead and 48 injured, one of which was a Canadian woman, Christine Archibald. A statement issued by the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
, said that U.S. Catholics joined in the pope's prayers for the victims and survivors, that God may grant strength, wisdom and protection to the men and women who safeguard our families and may He convert the hearts of all who follow the path of evil extremism.
Archbishop Peter Smith
, the bishop of the area where the attack happened, offered prayers for the victims and survivors."Following the tragic attack on innocent people last Saturday, we pray for those who have been killed and those who were injured, I offer our sympathy to their families, friends and colleagues,".
"We must remember and pray for their families as they wait anxiously for the return of loved ones involved in these terrible incidents," the statement said. "It has been a reminder to us that at times of adversity over the centuries in this country, the whole community has come together to help and support victims with extraordinary generosity and selflessness."
Earlier today, Pope Francis urged Christians to be truthful, warning them against the temptations of hypocrisy and flattery. These words came during a homily at the Pope’s daily morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta
Hypocrisy, the Pope said, is not the language of Jesus, nor is it the language of Christians. In fact, the hypocrite is capable of destroying a community.The Pope explained that Jesus often uses the adjective “hypocrite” to describe the doctors of the law, because they claim to have higher standards and more noble beliefs than is the case. They proffer their opinions and make judgments but in reality they are false. "Hypocrisy is so bad for the Church” the Pope said, warning Christians not to fall into this sinful and destructive attitude. Like the Pharisees who spoke to Jesus with soothing words of adulation, Christians who engage in hypocrisy speak gently yet "brutally judge a person,".The Pope concluded by warning the faithful to remember that the only way to respond to flattery is with truth; the only way to respond to ideology is with reality.
Last week I showed you the first part of a 4 part interview where I had the chance to talk to the former director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr.Federico Lombardi
, about his illustrious quarter century in service of three Popes. He was director of the Press Office for ten years, Director of Vatican Radio for 26 years and General Director of Vatican TV for 12 years. In this section, Fr. Lombardi looks back at his past roles and tells us which role he liked best.
And that is all that we have time for today… I'm Noel Ocol.