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Christ's truth breaks all barriers, even death, Pope tells audience

CWN - April 11, 2011

Steadfast faith in Christ can overcome any obstacle, even death, Pope Benedict XVI told his midday audience on Sunday, April 10.

Commenting on the day's Gospel, which recounted the raising of Lazarus, the Holy Father called particular attention to Mary's statement of faith in Jesus. Such faith, he said, is "the real truth, which breaks through and overcomes every barrier."

Death is the ultimate barrier for all humans, the Pope remarked: "a wall we are unable to see over." Yet Jesus shows the power to overcome death: first in the case of Lazarus, then for Himself.

"But there is another death, against which Christ fought hard; and for which he paid on the cross: spiritual death, sin, which threatens to ruin the existence of every man," the Pope said. “To defeat this death, Christ died, and his Resurrection was not a return to his previous life but the beginning of a new life, a 'new earth', finally reunited with God's heaven.”

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