Father General presided at the closing Mass of the latest meeting of his Extended Council (Consiglio Allargato). The chasuble and stole he wore on that occasion represent the art of the Warli. They were painted by a Warli artist and were presented to him in Talasari, a mission station of the Province of Bombay, India, during his visit there in March 2019.
The Warlis are one of India’s largest tribes, inhabiting areas north of Mumbai and south of Gujarat. Their art, created by the tribes themselves, is centred on the concept of Mother Nature and the elements of nature. The artists use a set of basic geometric shapes: circle, triangle and square. Traditionally, clay is used as a backdrop for their works and the paint is made from rice flour.
The homily was based on the text of chapter 4 of Saint Luke: Jesus returns to Nazareth, and in the local synagogue he is invited to comment on the passage from the prophet Isaiah which announces a radical change, a new world.