Audience with Pope Francis (March 3, 2017)
At 12:15 on March 3, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, accompanied by the Vicar General, Msgr. Mariano Fazio.
At the beginning of the meeting, which lasted some 25 minutes, the Pope greeted them with an affectionate hug. The Prelate thanked Pope Francis for the closeness he showed at the death of Bishop Javier Echevarría, his prayers for the elective Congress, and his confirming him as the new Prelate.
Msgr. Ocáriz also expressed the union of all the faithful of the Work with the Holy Father, and spoke about the pastoral priorities the Congress had outlined for the coming years: the family, youth, and an active concern for the most needy,
Pope Francis expressed gratitude for the work that the Prelature is carrying out throughout the world, especially its spiritual attention to each person, its ecumenism in countries where Catholics are a minority, and the social projects underway. He also encouraged the Prelate to give priority to a specific “periphery:” the middle classes and the professionals and intellectuals whose lives are distant from God.
Pope Francis, when giving his blessing to the Prelate and Vicar General, said it was also for all the Prelature’s faithful, and he asked that they pray for him.
Romana, No. 64, January-June 2017, p. 105.