At 6:00 PM Rome time this evening (March 7, 2015), Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass of commemoration of the first vernacular Mass of Pope Paul VI.
The celebration took place at the Church of All Saints, Via Appia Nuova--the very same church where, fifty years ago today, Pope Paul VI offered a prototype of the New Mass in the vernacular.
In his homily, Pope Francis recalled the Gospel account of the cleansing of the temple, and Jesus’ famous remark, “Do not make My Father’s house a marketplace!”
"This expression, according to Francis as reported by Vatican Radio, did not just refer to those doing business in the temple; it refers to a certain type of religiosity. Jesus’ gesture is one of 'cleansing, of purification.'