Pope begins 1-day pastoral visit to Loreto (Vatican Press Office) Several Popes have made pilgrimages to the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto, but Pope Francis will be the first to celebrate Mass there since Blessed Pius IX, according to L’Osservatore Romano (Italian edition). Pope Francis will entrust to the Blessed Mother the fruits of the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.
Pope signs post-synod document on youth and vocation (Vatican News) During his March 25 visit to Loreto, Pope Francis signed Christus Vivit (“Christ Lives”), the apostolic exhortation summarizing the work of the 2018 Synod of Bishops, which was devoted to youth and vocation. The Vatican is expected to release the text of the document soon.
Spanish Civil War martyr beatified (ACI ) Blessed Mariano Mullerat i Soldevila (1897-1936) was a husband, father, physician, mayor, and journalist who was martyred in Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the Mass of beatification in Tarragona Cathedral on March 23 (video).
'Return within yourselves,' papal preacher urges in 2nd Lenten sermon (Cantalamessa.org) On March 22, Capuchin Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the papal household since 1980, delivered the second of five Friday Lenten sermons in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace. The sermon’s three sections were “Interiority, a Value in Crisis,” “Interiority in the Bible,” and “The Return to Interiority.” His first sermon, preached on March 15, was entitled “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Self-interest must not guide UK foreign aid, prelates write (The Guardian) “We tire of being told what’s best for British interests; what is best for British interests is people around the world able to flourish in their own communities and an aid budget focused on that,” said Bishop John Arnold of Salford, chairman of CAFOD (the English bishops’ relief and development agency), who was joined by an Anglican prelate.
Address inequality in health care access, Pope urges pediatricians (Vatican Press Office) “In our time, in fact, increasingly often prevention and treatment become the prerogative of those who enjoy a certain standard of living, and therefore can afford it,” Pope Francis told members of the Italian Federation of Primary Care Pediatricians. “I encourage you to work to ensure that this inequality is not added to the many others that already afflict the weakest, but rather that the health system assure assistance and preventative care to all, as rights of the person.”