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Pope Francis: Celebrates First Communion
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Unable to resist telling the
world about a personal event that is dear to his heart,
Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he
celebrated his first Communion.
"They say that you shouldn't talk about personal things, but I can't resist the temptation," he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct. 8.
"Today I am so thankful to the Lord because 70 years ago I made my first Communion," he said with a broad smile. "Let us all thank the Lord for our baptism, all of us thank him for our first Communion," he said.
77-year-old pope revealed the personal tidbit to
underline what it means to enter into communion with the
Catholic Church and to seek communion with Christians
who belong to other confessions or traditions.
This theme of Christian unity was part of the series of audience talks the pope has been giving on the nature of the church. Leading the general audience meant Pope Francis skipped the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which was meeting Oct. 5-19 to discuss the pastoral care of families.
In his catechesis, the pope lamented the long history of divisions among Christians, saying such separations "wound the church and wound Christ," whose desire is "that they may all be one, so that the world may believe."
People's efforts to share the Gospel message will be "much more credible" when all Christians show they are "able to live in communion and love each other," the pope said.