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Pope Francis: ‘the world needs Christ more than ever’

June 20, 2016

Reflecting on day’s Gospel reading (Lk. 9:18-24), in which Christ asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”, Pope Francis said during his June 19 Sunday Angelus address that “we are called to make Peter’s answer our own answer, joyfully professing that Jesus is the Son of God, the eternal Word of the Father become man to redeem humanity, pouring out over mankind the abundance of divine mercy.”

“The world needs Christ more than ever, needs His salvation, His merciful love,” the Pope said to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “In Christ, and only in Him, is it possible to find true peace and the fulfillment of every human aspiration.”

Turning to Christ’s call to carry one’s cross daily, the Pope said that “this does not refer to a decorative or ideological cross, but the cross of one’s duty, of sacrificing oneself for others with love, of willingness to be in solidarity with the poor, of exerting oneself for justice and peace.”

The Pope concluded:

Therefore, let us abandon ourselves with confidence in Him, Jesus our brother, friend and Savior. Through the Holy Spirit, He will give us the strength to go forward on the path of faith and witness. And on this path, Our Lady is always close: Let us allow her to take us by the hand when we go through moments of darkness and difficulty.

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