The secretary of the pontifical Council for integral human development, Archbishop Bruno-Marie Duffé, chaired, Wednesday, June 10, the traditional mass for France in the basilica of Saint Peter.
Due to the sanitary measures imposed by the pandemic Covid-19, this mass did not take place in the chapel of Sainte-Pétronille, too small to accommodate the hundred or so followers and twenty priests present, but to the altar of the Chair of Peter, at the bottom of the vatican basilica, where it had been brought to the reliquary of the holy regarded as the adopted daughter of st. Peter.
The VIIIe century, the popes had placed the kingdom of the Franks under the protection of st. Petronilla, giving them a chapel built next to the basilica of Saint-Pierre and won the France claim the title of ” eldest daughter of the Church “.
“We have nothing else to offer but our hope “
In the NINETEENTHe century, Leo XIII entrusted to France the care and maintenance of a votive lamp in the chapel, an event recalled in his homily by Archbishop Duffé, which called the country to “don’t let extinguish the flame of hope which the world so badly needs “.
The prelate of lyon has, in fact, insisted on the meaning of martyrdom and witness in a world where christians are “called to live a tension between a community solidarity, social, “worldly” and a communion of faith with the one who initiates the Kingdom.”
“What we learn from the witnesses and the martyrs, st. Petronilla, Peter, all those who have written the history of our country until the anonymous witnesses of these last time, is that we become one holy communion in Christ, a community “, a-t-he explained.
“In the Face of the development model that we feel, experiencing our world and life itself, we have nothing else to offer but our hope “, he stressed, calling on French catholics to “give, and dare to hope.”
“To share not only what we have, but what we are “
“We must dare to speak of anything that is beyond our convictions, dare to offer our lives because we can’t live without to share not only what we have, but what we are,” insisted Bishop Duffé.
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Despite the limitation of the rallies is still in force to Rome and the Vatican, a lot of French people of Rome, lay and priests, were present at this mass, and many of the members of the diplomatic corps who had held to mark their friendship with France, represented by its ambassador to the Holy see, Elisabeth Beton-Delègue.
On the side of the Vatican, cardinal Domenico Mamberti, prefect of the supreme Tribunal of the apostolic signatura has, also, attended the mass.