His favorite painting is Chagall’s White Crucifixion: painted in 1938 by Jewish artist Marc Chagall, depicting the crucified Christ as a clearly identifiable Jewish man surrounded by contemporary images of Jews suffering under the Nazi regime. (Follow the link to read a helpful interpretation of the painting, including Chagall’s body of work on the crucifixion as its context.)
He greeted the crowds gathered for the Angelus as brothers and sisters. “Brothers and sisters, good morning.”
He said mass at the “parish church” for Vatican employees this morning. Afterwards, he stood outside the church to greet people as they left, just like a regular parish priest.
In his homily, he said this:
“I think even we are sometimes like these people, who on the one hand want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, sometimes we like to stone others and condemn others. The message of Jesus is this: mercy.”