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Pope’s Easter homily: the surprise of the Resurrection announcement was a ‘low blow’

April 09, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: A week after Easter, the Vatican released the official English-language translation of the Pope’s extemporaneous homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday morning. The Pontiff preached, “The surprise is what moves your heart, what touches you in the very place you do not expect. To use the language of young people: the surprise is a low blow; you do not expect it.” Italian journalist Sandro Magister commented, “The expression ‘low blow’ does not belong to youthful language, but to that of boxing. It designates a punch struck below the belt: prohibited, reprehensible, and disqualifying. A cheap and sneaky shot.”

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