Audience with the Holy Father (November 29, 2021)
On November 29, Pope Francis received in audience Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei, accompanied by the Auxiliary Vicar, Msgr. Mariano Fazio.
During the audience, which lasted about thirty minutes, the Prelate and the Auxiliary Vicar informed the Holy Father about the apostolic work of the Prelature’s faithful in various countries. Special stress was given to the process of simplifying organizational structures in order to better spur forward and coordinate the apostolic undertakings. The Pope was delighted to hear this and remarked: “It is important that everyone is out on the street, doing apostolate.”
The Pope expressed his desire that the faithful of Opus Dei be faithful to the founding spirit, while at the same time adapting to the challenges that today’s culture presents to Christian life. He also encouraged them to spread a love for the truth throughout the world, in order to confront the superficiality and lack of justice that reigns in social relations.
As in the audiences of previous years, the Pope imparted his blessing and thanked the Prelature for the work it does in service to the Church.
The Prelate gave the Holy Father two books in Chinese on Saint Joseph, produced by two faithful of the Prelature. The Holy Father presented them with two books on the special “Statio Orbis” on March 27, 2020 (the Pope’s prayer for the end of the pandemic).
Romana, n. 73, July-December 2021, p. 40.