May 19 - Pope Francis delivers Pentecost Sunday mass, telling the Church and followers to be open to change. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT -- NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis warned the Catholic Church to not close in on itself at a mass to mark Pentecost Sunday (May 19) attended by more than 200,000 people, urging the faithful to be open and present in a new and changing world. "Newness always makes us a bit fearful, because we feel more secure if we have everything under control, if we are the ones who build, programme and plan our lives in accordance with our own ideas," Francis said during the mass in a packed St Peter's Square. He also said the Church should ask itself daily whether it is resisting new challenges or remained "barricaded in ancient structures". The Pentecostal mass marks the day the Church says the Holy Spirit descended on Christ's apostles, or disciples, and is regarded as the birthday of the Church. Later he toured the square in an open-top white vehicle, greeting cheering crowds and kissing young children. Since his election in March as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Francis has been urging Church leaders to go out into their communities and help the poor and suffering, rather than focusing on internal politics.