Pope offers prayers for victims of hotel explosion in Cuba
By Thaddeus Jones
After leading the recitation of the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis asked for prayers for the victims of an explosion that took place in Havana, Cuba, saying "may the Risen Christ guide them to the house of the Father and give comfort to their families."
The Blessed Aguchita
He also paid tribute to a new Blessed from San Ramón, Peru, María Agostina Rivas López of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, killed in hatred of the faith in 1990. The newly beatified was known as a heroic missionary, giving her life in her service to the poor, especially indigenous and farm women. The Pope prayed that her example might awaken in everyone "the desire to serve Christ with fidelity and courage."
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Today also marks the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with the theme "Called to Build the Human Family", the Pope recalled, saying on this day we all, as baptized, feel called to follow Jesus, to say our "yes" to him, to follow his example and discover the joy of giving our lives with joy and enthusiasm in service of the Gospel The Pope also congratulated the new priests of the Diocese of Rome, ordained this morning in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
Finally, the Pope added that today is Mother's Day, and we remember with affection our mothers, also those who are no longer with us, but live in our hearts. May we all offer moms around the world our prayer, affection, and best wishes, said the Pope.
Greetings the groups from around the world, the Pope also offered special thoughts to those suffering from fibromyalgia with hopes they may receive the necessary care.