Mass isn’t a paid arrangement for salvation but rather the commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice of his life, given freely to all, Pope Francis said.
Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass for a loved one who is in need or passed away, but should never feel obliged to make a payment, the pope said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican on 7th March.
“Nothing! Understood? Nothing! You do not pay for the Mass! The Mass is Christ’s sacrifice, which is free. Redemption is free. If you want to make an offering, do it. But you do not pay for it! This is important to understand!” he said.
Pope Francis held the audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall due to forecasts of rain for Rome. The Vatican also opened St Peter’s Basilica to accommodate the overflow, with giant screens set up in the basilica so the people could follow the audience.
Picture: Pope Francis greets people during his general audience in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 7th March. The pope greeted an overflow crowd in the basilica after leading the main part of the audience in Paul VI hall. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).