During the celebration, Pontiff recalled that the early Christians had no idea of private property and shared everything. “This is not communism, it is pure Christianity,” he said.
Francis also stressed the importance of compassion and service to others.
“We can not be indifferent, we can not live a half-hope, it receives, but does not give (…). By grace we become merciful,” the pope asked.
The mass was held at the church near St. Peter’s Square. Among the general population, there are about 80 due to preventive measures Corona virus, There were prisoners from two prisons in Rome and a youth detention center, as well as refugees from Syria, Nigeria and Egypt and health professionals from a nearby hospital.
The pope, who was 84 before leaving for Iraq in early March and had been vaccinated against the corona virus, did not wear a mask during the service, the French Press News Agency reported.