Advent is a continuous call to hope: it reminds us that God is present in history to lead humanity to its ultimate goal and fullness, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. God is with us, present throughout history, beside us and supporting us. He never abandons us and, amid life’s storms, extend His hand and free us.
Pope Francis offered this comfort today, Nov. 29, 2020, the first day of Advent, one day after the Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals in a socially distant St. Peter’s Basilica as the world grapples with the COVID19 resurgence worldwide. He did so between his homily and his subsequent Angelus address.
The new cardinals concelebrated the Mass with the Holy Father, except Cardinals Cornelius Sim, Apostolic Vicar of Brunei, and Jose F. Advincula, Archbishop of Capiz, Philippines, who were not be able to travel to Rome for the consistory due to the contingent health situation, but were still created cardinals yesterday. Following yesterday’s consistory, the Holy Father and new cardinals were received by Benedict XVI in his residence Mater Ecclesiae, in the Vatican Gardens.