Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Elise Harris

6/29/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic News Agency (

Trust in God overcomes worldly fears, Pope tells archbishops

Pope Francis installs 24 Metropolitian archbishops with the pallium for the feast of Sts Peter and Paul on June 29, 2014.

Pope Francis during a mass for the new metropolitan archbishops and the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, 2014 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican.

Pope Francis during a mass for the new metropolitan archbishops and the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, 2014 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican.


By Elise Harris

Catholic News Agency (

6/29/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pallium, St. Paul, Rome, St. Peter, Pope Francis, Archbishop, Fear, Afraid, Homily

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News) - On the feast of Saints Peter and Paul Pope Francis installed 24 new archbishops with the pallium, urging them, like Peter, to place their security in the Lord when faced by the fear of their own weakness.

"I wonder, dear brother bishops, are we afraid? What are we afraid of? And if we are afraid, what forms of refuge do we seek, in our pastoral life, to find security?" the Pope asked in his June 29 homily.

"Peter experienced how God's fidelity is always greater than our acts of infidelity, stronger than our denials. He realizes that the God's fidelity dispels our fears and exceeds every human reckoning."

Following the installation of the pallium onto the Metropolitan archbishops, Pope Francis took a moment to offer special greetings to the Delegation sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, which was led by Metropolitan Ioannis, and to pray for the unity of the two churches.

The pallium is a white woolen garment that represents the traditional and peculiar sign of the metropolitan office, and is given annually to the new archbishops appointed during the throughout the year.

He began his homily by returning to the Gospel in which the Lord sends and angel to free Peter from prison, drawing attention to how the apostle's chains fell and the door of his cell was opened when the angel commanded him to rise and follow.

"Yes, the Lord liberates us from every fear and from all that enslaves us, so that we can be truly free" the Pope said, explaining that "the problem for us, then, is fear and looking for refuge in our pastoral responsibilities."

Asking the archbishops what their fears are, the Pope also questioned where they place their security, saying "Do we look for support from those who wield worldly power? Or do we let ourselves be deceived by the pride which seeks gratification and recognition, thinking that these will offer us security?"

Observing how "the witness of the Apostle Peter reminds us that our true refuge is trust in God," the pontiff explained that this trust "banishes all fear" and sets us free from slavery and worldly temptations.

"Today the Bishop of Rome and other bishops, particularly the metropolitans who have received the pallium, feel challenged by the example of Saint Peter to assess to what extent each of us puts his trust in the Lord."

Recalling how Peter had regained his trust in the Lord when Jesus said to him three times "Feed my sheep," enabling him to make up for his threefold denial, the pontiff noted how Peter was still filled with regret at that moment.

However in recognition of his weakness he "does not trust himself and his own strength, but instead entrusts himself to Jesus and his mercy."

It was "Precisely at this moment fear, insecurity and cowardice dissipate," the Bishop of Rome observed, explaining that God's faithfulness is much greater than our own infidelity.

Pointing out how Jesus also asks us the question "Do you love me," Pope Francis stated that "He does so because he knows our fears and our struggles" and that Peter shows us how to trust the Lord, "who 'knows everything' that is in us."

"Jesus never abandons us, for he cannot deny himself. He is faithful," the Pope noted, stating that his fidelity to us is "the source of our confidence and our peace" which enables us to serve others in charity.

"The love of Jesus must suffice for Peter. He must no longer yield to the temptation of curiosity, jealousy, as when, seeing John nearby, he asks Jesus: 'Lord, what about this man?'" to which Jesus replies "What is it to you? Follow me."

Addressing the new archbishops directly, Pope Francis stated that this message is also directed toward all shepherds in the Church.

"Follow me! Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering; do not dwell on secondary things, but look to what is essential and follow me. Follow me without regard for the difficulties. Follow me in preaching the Gospel," he said.

"Follow me by the witness of a life shaped by the grace you received in baptism and holy orders. Follow me by speaking of me to those with whom you live, day after day, in your work, your conversations and among your friends."

Concluding, the pontiff stated that Jesus asks them to follow him in preaching the Gospel "especially to the least among us, so that no one will fail to hear the word of life which sets us free from every fear and enables us to trust in the faithfulness of God. You, follow me."

In addition to the 24 archbishops who received the pallium from Pope Francis are three others who were not present, and who will officially be installed at a later date. Among the 24 present was one American, Archbishop Leonard Paul Blair of Hartford, Conn. 


Founded in continued response to Pope John Paul IIs call for a New Evangelization, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) has been, since 2004, one of the fastest growing Catholic news providers to the English speaking world.


More Living Faith

Come together this Thanksgiving with a beautiful prayer Watch

Image of Each year thousands of families celebrate Thanksgiving, but make the food their priority. This year, make God and all He has given us your priority.


Each year, millions of people across the United States rush to grocery stores and prepare to visit their families in celebration of Thanksgiving. Visiting loved ones and enjoying a specially prepared meal are both wonderful parts of celebrating, but don't forget to ... continue reading

Pope Francis: Jesus is weeping over a WORLD AT WAR

Image of Pope Francis mourns a world at war.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has made it clear, Jesus is weeping over a world at war. It has become obvious that this is a time of extreme danger for all people around the globe. No population is safe from terror. The threats aren't just from terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al ... continue reading

Oxford to begin study of Catholic relics. Here are 5 macabre relics people venerate from around the world Watch

Image of The skull of St. Thomas Aquinas.


The veneration of relics in the Catholic Church has been one of the most debated practices in the faith. While such veneration is actually common in the human experience -even Communists did it with the body of Lenin, the veneration of relics in the Church is the ... continue reading

Nine bishops, one abbot, dine and dialogue with peace activists Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, decided to skip dinner at the downtown Marriott Waterfront hotel, and walked several blocks to an inner city parish to share a simple meal with about 30 peace ... continue reading

Woman turns her cancer over to Jesus Christ - survives, thrives Watch

Image of Heather King shares her struggles in her new memoir,

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Heather King never cared much for doctors. Los Angeles, CA (CNA) - It's an attitude she partly inherited from her mother, "who classified ginger ale as a medicine, considered Novocain a snobbish extravagance" and somehow managed to avoid a visit to the doctor's office ... continue reading

Top 5 ways to find joy Watch

Image of Find happiness in spite of the darkness.


It is easy to fall prey to depression and sadness with everything that has been going on in the world these days. The trick to maintaining a positive attitude and living in the joy God has for us is as easy as following five simple steps. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

Want to lose the War on Christmas? Surrender Advent Watch

Image of What millions of Christians do a day after expressing thanks for what they already have.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Want to lose the War on Christmas? Surrender Advent. We Christians have gone out of our minds, arguing about Starbucks cups and greeters who (correctly) say "Happy Holidays" in place of "Merry Christmas." In all the bustle of the season, we have forgotten that Advent ... continue reading

Cardinal Sarah releases new book, 'God or Nothing,' on civilization's fall from grace Watch

Image of Without God, the cardinal said,

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

At the presentation of his new book, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that Western society is rapidly forgetting God, and expressed his desire to help people rediscover him through both prayer and witness. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "I would like to help people ... continue reading

Holy Door in St. Peter's basilica to open for first time in 15 years for Holy Year of Mercy Watch

Image of The rite of the opening of the Holy Door is intended to symbolically illustrate the idea that the Church's faithful are offered an

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Hidden since the Jubilee of 2000, the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica was revealed Tuesday as the brick wall covering it was removed in anticipation of the Holy Year of Mercy launching next month. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the ... continue reading

5 powerful Bible verses you need when fear and terror strike Watch

Image of


Fear is a powerful thing. Fear can completely cripple the body and soul. Since the terrifying Paris terrorist attacks last week the news has been full of death, terrorists, murder and fear. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Those not in power are left wondering ... continue reading

All Living Faith News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
  • BIGGER THAN ISIS - There's a hidden power behind ISIS and it's so big ...
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • St. John Berchmans: Saint of the Day for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the ...

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 6:12-28
12 These men came along in a body and found Daniel praying and pleading ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
68 Bless the Lord, dew and snow-storm, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:20-28
20 'When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you must realise ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 26th, 2015 Image

St. John Berchmans
November 26: Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at ... Read More