Archbishop’s Oct. 28 message from Rome

The synod has come to a close and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz says in his latest post from Rome that he concelebrated the closing Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica with the Holy Father and other synod fathers.

The Synod on the New Evangelization is now officially concluded with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica celebrated by our Holy Father, with all the synod fathers as concelebrants. How fitting that the Gospel was about the blind man, Bartimaeus, who asked that Jesus might allow him to see again.

May Mary,the Star of the New Evangelization, intercede for us. (Photo taken from my seat in St. Peter’s Basilica.)

Our Holy Father mentioned in his homily that Jesus was on His way to death in Jerusalem and yet stopped to hear the cry of this poor man. This encounter, like so many others throughout the pages of the Gospels, once again brings a person into the circle of Jesus’ presence.  Jesus both answers the immediate request and provides so much more.

May the new evangelization allow each of us in the Church to present Christ to each other and to those not yet among us, and may this encounter with the Lord Jesus bring us salvation and joy!

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