Pope Francis blessed the Indian community who gathered at St Peter’s basilica for the thanksgiving Holy Qurbana on 24th Novemeber 2014 with His presence. The pilgrims from various countries were eager to attend the Holy Qurbana and to visit the Holy Father. Since there was prior information that due to security reasons there would not be any entry to the basilica after 8. 30 am (because the Holy father arrives at 9 O’clock), the faithful rushed to the basilica from the morning itself. Sharp at 9 am Pope Francis arrived at the main Altar and Major Archbishop Mar George Card. Alencherry welcomed His Holiness. His Holiness addressed the community saying: “The Kerala Church in particular is blessed with a lot of vocations. She has an apostolic zeal for the evangelization and it must be continued.
The full text of the address of the Holy Father (vatican radio):
I am pleased to join you in giving thanks to the Lord for the canonization of two new Indian saints, both from the State of Kerala. I take this opportunity to thank the Church in India, the Church in Kerala, for all its apostolic vigour and for your witness to the Faith! My heartfelt gratitude! Keep up the good work! Kerala is rich in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Continue on this path, working through your witness. I thank Cardinal George Alencherry, the Bishops, priests, men and women religious, and each of you, dear brothers and sisters of the Syro-Malabar rite. I remember in a special way the Cardinal of the Syro- Malankara rite: thank you! Did you know that your Syro-Malankar Cardinal is the youngest member of the College of Cardinals?
You have come to Rome in great numbers on this very important occasion, and have been able to live days of faith and ecclesial communion, praying also at the tombs of the Apostles. May this time of celebration and intense spirituality help you to contemplate the marvellous works accomplished by the Lord in the lives and deeds of these new saints.
Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal, who was a member of the religious Institute founded by him, remind each of us that God’s love is the source, the support and the goal of all holiness, while love of neighbour is the clearest manifestation of love for God. Father Kuriakose Elias was a religious, both active and contemplative, who generously gave his life for the Syro-Malabar Church, putting into action the maxim “sanctification of oneself and the salvation of others”. For her part, Sister Euphrasia lived in profound union with God so much so that her life of holiness was an example and an encouragement to the people, who called her “Praying Mother”. There are many consecrated religious here today, especially consecrated women. May you also may be known as “Praying Sisters”.
Dear brothers and sisters, may these new saints help you to treasure their lessons of evangelical living. Follow in their footsteps and imitate them, in a particular way, through love of Jesus in the Eucharist and love of the Church. Thus you will advance along the path to holiness. With this hope and the assurance of my prayers, I impart to each of you and to all your loved ones my Apostolic Blessing. Thank you!
Pope Francis gave his apostolic blessings to the community. It was over by 9. 20 am