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On Thursday Pope Francis will have completed a year as Bishop of Rome, a year in which he has begun to transform the Church. But be in no doubt, argues our Rome correspondent, of just how wide and how deep go his aims for change
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Pope Francis told mothers at a recent annual baptism event that the children present were the most important people there. Family Masses could recognise this. How about a 25-minute Mass, short and definitely sweet, with an unpatronising sermon in language that a six-year-old can understand?
The Mass is vital to our faith. Central to the Mass is Holy Communion. And Holy Communion is just that: a closeness to God and to the people about us. Our faith, and the love that is the basis of that faith, could be easily transmitted if the style and language were relevant to, and respectful of, the congregation present.
Annabel Eartherley, London