Pope Francis took the time to stop and take some selfies with the crowd who came to listen to his Palm Sunday homily, which was completely improvised.
In an unprecedented move, the Holy Father opted to do away with remarks that were prepared in advance, as he addressed thousands faithful Catholics on this last weekend of Lent.
Proving once again that he is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the leadership of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis spoke from the heart in an effort to reach those who follow him, but especially who don’t, but are interested in what he has to say.
He had barely climbed on board his pope mobile when he hopped off to take selfies with several groups of young people who were enthusiastically chanting his name:
This is what happened when Pope Francis took selfies after Palm Sunday Mass — everyone wanted one. pic.twitter.com/QDdHPAg0Cx
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) April 13, 2014
Pope Francis ignores prepared Palm Sunday homily, speaks off-the-cuff, poses for selfies pic.twitter.com/LYkZaoDikS
— Yahoo Canada News (@YahooCanadaNews) April 13, 2014
— The Independent (@Independent) April 13, 2014
In his impromptu homily, Pope Francis asked for people to look into their hearts and see how they are living their lives.
Following the Gospel account of how Jesus’ disciples fell asleep before he was betrayed by Judas after the Last Supper Pope Francis asked:
“Has my life fallen asleep? Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?” Pope Francis asked.
His Holiness spoke for about 15 minutes out of the two-and-a-half hour long ceremony, which marks the beginning of Holy Week and culminates with the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on Easter.
Pope Francis took off his red garments and was seen speaking casually to cardinals who were still wearing their formal vestments for the occasion.
The Holy Father then posed for some selfies with young people from Brazil, who had carried a large cross and then, spotting a group of Polish youth, he obliged and stopped pope mobile.
Later this month, on April 27, Pope Francis will canonize two beloved Popes, John Paul II and John XXII at the Vatican.