POPE’S MESSAGE | Eucharistic prayer teaches us to make our whole life a Eucharist

Pope Francis blessed a child at an audience with Italian nurses March 3 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Mass isn't a paid arrangement for salvation but rather the commemoration of Christ's sacrifice of his life, given freely to all, Pope Francis said.

Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass for a loved one who is in need or passed away, but should never feel obliged to make a payment, the pope said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican March 7.

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