Pope Francis’ Boat Altar Reminds Me of the Boat Pulpit—Even a Boat Church

Boat altar - Lampedusa

Last week when the Pope visited Lampedusa, the media made much of the simple altar on which he celebrated Mass for the immigrants.  The “boat altar,” they called it—and so it was.  The blog Abbey Roads explained it: He celebrated a penitential Mass on an altar constructed in the form of a boat, reminiscent of the boat carrying migrants who drowned when it was shipwrecked.  The altar was a humble gesture, a reminder, a votive offering from the poor, in honor of the poorest of the poor.  Christ wa … [Read more...]


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