Pope calls upon faithful to proclaim Christ as ‘the living and only Savior’
April 20, 2015
Reflecting on the readings from the Mass of the day, Pope Francis devoted his April 19 Regina Caeli address to the duty of each Christian to witness to Christ.
At the heart of witness, said the Pope, are three things: seeing, remembering, and recounting. Christian witness is not “cold and detached,” he said, for it changes lives.
“The content of Christian testimony is not a theory, not an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or a moralism, but it is a message of salvation, a concrete event, or better yet a person: the risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all,” said the Pope.
A personal experience of Christ, he added, is found “in prayer and in the Church” and is a journey that has “its foundation in Baptism, its nourishment in the Eucharist, its seal in Confirmation, its continuous conversion in Penance.” It is a journey, he added, that is “always guided by the Word of God.”
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- Le parole del Papa alla recita del Regina Caeli (Holy See Press Office)
- Pope calls on Christians to give witness (Vatican Radio)
- Regina Coeli - 2015.04.19 (Vatican YouTube)
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