An unexpected event for Pope Francis in Czestochowa, where the numerous steps leading to the altar have played a bad joke on him. The Pope has stumbled and fallen while preparing to incense the large wooden cross placed near the altar. Fortunately, he has suffered no injuries and has been able to continue with the celebration of Holy Mass. While falling, Pope Francis has inadvertently dropped some incense on the carpet. Firefighters intervened promptly and have taken measures to remove it and prevent flames.
“Being attracted by power, greatness and visibility is tragically human, and it is a great temptation that tries to get everywhere; giving yourself to others, erasing distances, abiding in small things and concretely dwelling everyday life, this is purely divine.” These are the words Pope Francis pronounced at the Shrine of Jasna Góra in Czestochowa, during the Mass celebrated on the occasion of the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. The Holy Father, in front of hundreds of thousands of faithful, noted that “God always manifests in small things.” “No striking gesture before a crowd – he continued -, nor intervention solves a burning political issue, such as the subjugation of the people to the Roman domination. It happens in a small village, in a simple miracle that cheers the marriage of a young family, which is completely anonymous.” According to the Bishop of Rome “the Lord does not keep distance, but is close and concrete; He is among us and takes care of us, without deciding for us and without getting involved in issues of power.”
He then explained that God saves the man “by becoming small himself, close and concrete.” Hence the exhortation to the Church: “listen, get involved and become neighbors, sharing the joys and hardships of the people, so that the Gospel reaches the world in a more coherent manner and produces greater results: through positive irradiation, through transparent life.” After the homily, he recalled that Our Lady “is not master or protagonist, but Mother and servant.” “Let us ask for the grace – he concluded – to make our own her sensitivity, her imagination in serving those in need, the beauty of spending her life for the others, without preference and distinction.” On the second Polish Day this morning, after having arriving to Częstochowa, Francis went by car to the Monastery of Jasna Góra. There, he entered the Chapel of the “Black Madonna” and silently prayed before the effigy of the Virgin, giving her a Golden Rose.