Irish bishop hopes papal visit can help bring healing after abortion vote
DUBLIN (CNS) -- An Irish bishop said he hopes Pope Francis’ August visit can help bring healing after a divisive referendum that will pave the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks’ gestation.
In a May 25 referendum, voters opted by a margin of 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent to remove the right to life of the unborn from the constitution.
Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick told Massgoers May 26 that the result “is deeply regrettable and chilling for those of us who voted ‘no.’”
He said “the final result of the referendum is the will of the majority of the people, though not all the people.”
“It is a vote, of course, that does not change our position.”

Remains of St. John XXIII begin pilgrimage in his home diocese
BERGAMO, Italy (CNS) — Accompanied by Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo and escorted by both Italian and Vatican police officers, the glass coffin containing the body of St. John XXIII left the Vatican early May 24 for a 370-mile drive to Bergamo.
The route taken for the trip north was kept secret for security reasons.
When the procession reached Bergamo’s central Vittorio Veneto Square, Bishop Beschi told thousands of people gathered there that it was “with great joy and emotion that I accompanied to our diocese, our city, with the mortal remains — now relics — of John XXIII, which return for a few days to the land of his birth.”
St. John, who opened the Second Vatican Council, was born Nov. 25, 1881, in Sotto il Monte, a town near Bergamo. After his ordination as a priest and years of service in the Vatican diplomatic corps, he was appointed patriarch of Venice in 1953. He was elected pope Oct. 28, 1958, and died five years later.
The pilgrimage with his remains was meant to mark the 60th anniversary of his election and the 55th anniversary of his death.
Maria Calagari was in the square with her sister and some friends to welcome St. John’s remains.
“We are fortunate because we saw him when he was pope, we saw him die and we just saw him now — 55 years later as a saint here in Bergamo,” she said. “We are fortunate.”
In connection with the pilgrimage of St. John’s relics, Pope Francis gave an interview to L’Eco di Bergamo, the area’s main daily newspaper, which is owned by the Diocese of Bergamo.

Pope Francis: Holiness means living with hope, not doing extraordinary things
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A life of holiness isn’t defined by having visions or performing extraordinary feats of devotion, but by living with the hope of salvation promised by Christ, Pope Francis said.
While the call to live like a Christian is “the same as saying to live ‘like a saint,’” it does not mean “having a face like on a prayer card,” the pope said in his homily May 29 during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“Being a saint is another thing. It means walking toward what the Lord tells us about holiness. And what does walking toward holiness mean? Peter says it: ‘Set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,’” Pope Francis said while reflecting on the day’s first reading.
The central message of the reading, in which Peter calls on Christians to be holy “in every aspect of your conduct,” is to walk toward the light of holiness by avoiding “the world’s way of thinking,” which “takes away your freedom,” he said.
“To walk toward holiness, you must be free,” the pope said. “Free to walk looking at the light, going forward. When we return to the way we lived before encountering Jesus Christ or when we return to the plans of this world, we lose our freedom.”
Christians may experience “the temptation of looking back” during difficult moments in life, like the people of Israel did when wandering in the desert, he said.

The Pope Francis’ prayer intention
Here is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for this month:
Universal: Social Networks – That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.