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placeholder November 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
Letters from ReadersPope Francis reflects

Pope Francis celebrates the Eucharist during Mass in Verano cemetery.
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'Know how to cry'

While the Beatitudes can seem counterintuitive, Jesus knew that the poor in spirit, those who mourn or are persecuted and those who work for peace and justice are those who are open to experiencing God's love and mercy, Pope Francis said.

Celebrating an evening Mass Nov. 1, All Saints Day, amid the tombs of Rome's Verano cemetery, Pope Francis assured people that the saints would intercede for them and for their beloved departed.

Hundreds of people went to the cemetery to prepare their loved ones' graves for the Nov. 2 feast of All Souls. As Pope Francis processed to the temporary altar, he also stopped to lay a white rose on a grave.

The day's Gospel reading was St. Matthew's version of the Beatitudes, which the pope said was the path Jesus taught as the road to heaven.

"How many times," the pope asked, "are we impatient, nervous, always ready to complain" and to criticize others as if "we were the bosses of the world when in reality we are all children of God?"

Jesus showed his followers that meekness is the path to eternal happiness, the pope said.

As dusk approached, Pope Francis asked the thousands of people gathered in the cemetery to pray with him for "the grace to be simple and humble people, the grace to know to weep, the grace to be meek, the grace to work for justice and peace and, especially, the grace to let ourselves be forgiven by God in order to become instruments of his mercy."

— Catholic News Service

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