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Pope tells audience: Christians face death with hope

November 07, 2011

Christians can face death with “invincible hope,” Pope Benedict XVI told a public audience on November 6.

The ability to “live and die in hope” marks a dramatic difference between Christians and non-believers, the Pope said. “If we remove God, if we take away Christ, the world will fall back into the void and darkness,” he said. In fact, he added, this darkness is evident in much of the world today, “in the expressions of contemporary nihilism” which are destructive particularly to young people.

In contrast, the Pope said, the hope that sustains the faithful provides confidence in life and even in the fact of death; it is “like a lamp with which to cross the night after death, and reach the great celebration of life.”


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