Pope_Francis_at_Varginha_(2)On May 11, at morning his Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis preached on Acts 11:1-18, in which Peter tells the church gathered in Jerusalem that Gentiles, too, had come to believe in Jesus. The pope said that Peter had opened the doors to the church for all.

Who are we to close doors?” Francis asked. “In the early church, even today, there is the ministry of the ostiary [usher]. And what did the ostiary do? He opened the door, received the people, and allowed them to pass. But it was never the ministry of the closed door, never.”