Pope’s Palm Sunday Mass ends with selfie Parade
Pope Francis again broke several traditions on his Palm Sunday Mass. In front of 100,000 audience members, the pope spontaneously delivered a heartfelt homily and walked among them obliging requests for selfies.
The pope junked his prepared homily and opted for one that challenged everyone, even himself, to look into their hearts. Pope Francis asked ‘Has my life fallen asleep?’ alluding to the Gospel wherein Jesus’ disciples fell asleep before he was betrayed by Judas.
He added ‘Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?
‘Where is my heart?’ The pope said that this is the ‘question which accompanies us’ on Holy Week.
The impromptu homily took 15 minutes of the Mass, which formally opens Holy Week for the Roman Catholic Church.
The pope was visibly much energetic after the 2 ½ Mass. He removed his red vestments and visited with cardinals. He later joined the crowd and gave in to requests for selfies, one of which was initiated by a group from Rio de Janeiro who carried a cross in St Peter’s Square.