Pope at Mass: May Europe be united in dream of the Founding Fathers

Pope Francis prays at Mass on Wednesday for Europe to show unity in response to the Covid-19 crisis, and reflects on the depth of God’s love for us. 

As he began Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis urged all nations to be united as they face the Covid-19 pandemic. He prayed especially for Europe.

“At this moment in which unity is very necessary between ourselves and between nations, we pray today for Europe, so that Europe might succeed in creating this fraternal unity dreamt of by the founding fathers of the European Union.”

God loves us madly

In his homily, the Pope reflected on Jesus’ words to Nicodemus in the day’s Gospel (Jn 3:16-21): “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

Pope Francis said this passage contains a wealth of theological revelation about Redemption.

He focused his attention on two aspects: the revelation of God’s love and the existential choice between light and darkness.

“God loves us,” said the Pope. “He loves us madly. As one saint used to say, God’s love seems like madness.”