Archbishop Tscherrig also told the Vatican’s press office director that people in Buenos Aires “are breathing a big atmosphere of joy and of prayer.”
“He said a lot of people are going to church and that in the parish where Pope Francis normally offers Mass, the parish priest told the nuncio that he spent the whole day confessing, including many people who haven’t been to confession in 15 or so years,” said Fr. Lombardi.
“It’s a beautiful moment of grace, of a lot of joy and of a lot of spiritual vitality for the Church now in Argentina,” he remarked.
Fr. Lombardi, who like Pope Francis belongs to the religious order of the Society of Jesus, also added that he thinks the Pope will be dispensed from one of the order’s four vows.
The Jesuits vow to live lives of poverty, charity, obedience, and specifically obedience to the Pope with regard to mission work.
“Evidently he doesn’t have a Pope to obey, so I think the election of Pope Francis dispenses him from this vow,” he said.
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