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Christ is our only hope, Pope reminds faithful

November 04, 2013

“We can enter heaven only thanks to the blood of the Lamb, the blood of Christ,” Pope Francis reminded a congregation as he celebrated Mass at the Verano cemetery in Rome on November 1, the feast of All Saints.

The saints, the Pope said in his homily, await us now in heaven. “They proclaim that they have been saved not only for their works-– they have also done good works– but that they have been saved by the Lord.” The hope of Christians lies entirely in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, he said: “a faith that does not disappoint.”

Pope Francis recalled that in the early Church, the virtue of hope was sometimes depicted as an anchor—“as if life was the anchor thrown to the shores of Heaven and all of us set forth towards that shore, grasping the rope of the anchor.” The Pope recommended that the faithful “anchor our hearts where the dearly departed await us.”


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