William Doino

The Good Shepherd

Francis: Pope of Good Promise


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At a recent morning Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, dozens of worshipers were surprised by an unexpected visitor: Pope Francis. When Monsignor Lucio Bonora, the Vatican official assigned to celebrate the Mass, wondered if he should stop and allow Francis to take over, he was told to proceed as usual. After Bonora descended the altar to offer the sign of peace and then communion to the faithful, Francis stood in line with everyone else.

Later, recounting the special event for L’Osservatore Romano, Bonora reflected: ‘It’s the style and sensitivity of a man who was placed by the Lord at the service of the entire church,

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