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Witness of faith is strongest in times of trial, Pope tells Vatican volunteers

November 25, 2013

Pope Francis held a private audience on November 24 to thank volunteers who had served at the Vatican during the Year of Faith, and told them that faith is “the “as it motivates the decisions and acts of our daily life. It is the boundless source of all our actions, within the family, at work, in the parish, with our friends.”

The Year of Faith, which had formally concluded the previous day, was a “time of grace,” the Pope said, especially because it helped the faithful to “rediscover the essential nature of the Christian path—in which faith, along with charity, occupies the primary position.”

Faith is particularly important “in moments of difficulty,” the Pope observed. “In situations of suffering, if we abandon ourselves humbly to God, we are able to give good witness.” He said that there is a special need today for Christian communities to reach out to people in need, so that “no one lacks this sign of love and tenderness, born of faith.”


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