Pope Francis celebrated his first public mass on Thursday in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he delivered a powerful message encouraging the faithful to remain true to their Christian roots, proclaiming Christ crucified, or the Church could become just another charitable organization rather than the bride of Christ. Pope Francis told those present,
“When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly. We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord.
I would like that all of us, after these days of grace, might have the courage – the courage – to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Cross of the Lord: to build the Church on the Blood of the Lord, which is shed on the Cross, and to profess the one glory, Christ Crucified. In this way, the Church will go forward.”
Read the full story of Pope Francis’ first mass at Catholic Online.
You can also read the full text of his homily as translated by Vatican Radio.