Pope Francis today called for "taking distance from worldly appearances" and rejecting what he called the "make-up culture", which cares only for external forms, during the traditional mass of suffrage for the cardinals and bishops who died during the year.
"What the world seeks and displays – honors, power, appearances, glory – passes without a trace." Taking distance from mundane appearances is indispensable (…) It is necessary to say no to the 'culture of makeup ', which teaches how to take care of external forms, "said Francisco.
The Argentine pontiff celebrated this Mass in the Basilica of San Pedro, which takes place every year after the commemoration of the Day of the Dead and in which some cardinals of the Roman Curia and also representatives of the diplomatic corps of the countries of the deceased participate.
In the homily, the Pope affirmed that it is fundamental not to focus only on the external, which ends up disappearing, but that "the heart, the interior of man, must be purified and guarded."
Francisco also spoke of the need to help others because, "what remains of life, before the threshold of eternity, is not how much we have earned, but how much we have given who has lived without wanting to appear, who has served of heart ".
Among the cardinals and bishops who died this year are the archbishop emeritus of Managua, Miguel Obando Bravo; the president emeritus of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", the Colombian Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos; or the archbishop emeritus of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien.