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Yearning for Christ is innate, Pope tells Sunday audience

August 12, 2013

Christians are driven by a desire for see Jesus Christ, and to bring others with them, Pope Francis told his Angelus audience on Sunday, August 11.

Every human person has an innate longing for union with Christ, “be it explicit or hidden,” the Pope said. That yearning, however, can be “anesthetized” by material desires and ambitions, he said. The Pontiff advised the members of his audience to examine their desires, and to be mindful of the Lord’s words: “for wherever your treasure is, that is where your heart will be too.”

At the conclusion of his midday audience the Pope said that he was preparing to honor the Virgin Mary on Thursday, August 15: the feast of the Assumption. He then observed that Muslims recently finished their observance of Ramadan, and reminded the audience of his message to the world’s Muslims calling for “mutual respect, especially through the education of new generations.”


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