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Pope holds mass at parish in the outskirts of Rome

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis on Sunday (December 1) evening made his second official visit to a Roman parish, conducting mass at the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino in the outskirts of the Italian capital. The visit fell on the first day of the Advent, the period leading to Christmas; the birth of Jesus. Francis, who since his election has adopted the tone of a parish priest, told the congregation in his unscripted speech that life, too, was like the time leading to Christmas. "Always remember this; life is a journey. It is a journey. It is a journey which leads to meeting Jesus at the end and always," he said. During the mass, Francis conducted the sacrament of confession for nine local children. Along with the papacy, Francis's other major role is to act as the bishop of Rome. Following his election on March 13, he referred to himself more often as "bishop" than "pope" and indicated that he aimed to visit many of Rome's p

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