Pope Francis calls for reflection on Palm Sunday

Vatican City, April 14 (IANS/EFE) Pope Francis used his Palm Sunday Mass homily to call on Catholics to reflect, asking the faithful at the start of Holy Week if they were traitors like Judas or loved God like Joseph.

“Has my life fallen asleep?” the pope asked. “Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?”

The pope posed more questions for the crowd that gathered for Palm Sunday Mass, moving away from his prepared homily.

“Where is my heart?” Francis asked, adding that this was the “question which accompanies us” throughout Holy Week.

The pontiff removed his red vestments afer Mass and greeted a group of cardinals from Krakow.

Francis spent some time speaking and posing for photos with some of the thousands of young people from Brazil and Poland who chanted his name.

The pope concluded his Palm Sunday programme by blessing the thousands of Catholics who raised their hands toward him and called his name in Vatican City.

–IANS/EFE

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