"I ask all of you to pray for me! Amen."
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude.
It was a dark night, silence of the night made the nature slumber. Everything was fine with the world, but not for the disciples. Because the Master was dead. The world had hunted him down and brutally crucified like a thief. Dark blue night made them blue.
I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord…Continue