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Pope Francis: resurrection is ‘foundation of Christian faith and hope’

November 07, 2016

During his November 6 Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel reading at Mass (Lk. 19:27-38) and emphasized that “the resurrection is the foundation of Christian faith and hope.”

“If there were no reference to heaven and eternal life, Christianity would be reduced to ethics, a philosophy of life,” he told the crowds in St. Peter’s Square. “Instead the message of the Christian faith comes from heaven, it is revealed by God and is beyond this world.”

He added:

The “children of heaven and resurrection” are not a privileged few, but they are all men and all women, because the salvation brought by Jesus is for everyone. And the life of resurrection will be similar to that of the angels (cf. v. 36), that is, all immersed in the light of God, completely dedicated to His praise, in an eternity full of joy and peace.

But be careful! The resurrection is not only the fact of resurrection after death, but it is a new kind of life that we experience in today already.

 
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