The Pope has called for sermons which he says are often a “disaster” to be reformed, specifying that they should last no longer than 8 or 10 minutes.
“It is prepared in prayer, it is prepared with an apostolic spirit. Please, the sermon, which is normally a disaster,” the pontiff received participants in the course for diocesan leaders of the pontifical ceremony at the Vatican. assured to do
Liturgy is “the primary art of the Church”
Addressing participants in the San Anselmo Pontifical Institute’s course for diocesan leaders on liturgical celebrations, Francis also echoed the Synod’s working document on synodality, which will celebrate its final appointment. The Vatican in possession of 2024, according to which “the quality of the houses is almost unanimously considered a problem”.
For the pontiff, the liturgy is “the primary art of the Church, the one that creates and characterizes it.” For this reason, he has urged to approach the ceremonies with “preparation and commitment” as well as “deep knowledge and profound pastoral feeling”.
The Pope has thus emphasized that the Church, in his opinion, “absolutely does not understand”: “Homily is not a convention, it is a sacrament”. Thus, he urged “communities to live the liturgy” and to help “themselves to be shaped by it”.
The Pope also receives the community of the Pontifical Urban College of Propaganda Fidei this Saturday, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of its founding. This institution, which is 400 years old, was founded by Pope Urban VIII for the training of priests destined for mission fields.
“It was an important intuition, which retains its validity today,” said the pope, who called on new priests to “creatively” welcome and interpret reality, allowing themselves to be “recognized by many of the present times.” To be challenged by needs and questions.” ,