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Pope Francis during the General Audience Pope Francis during the General Audience  (Vatican Media)

General Audience: English Summary

Pope Francis encourages Christians to draw courage from our crucified and risen Lord at this time of anxiety and suffering caused by the current pandemic. His words come during the weekly General Audience. Please find the official English Summary below.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  At this time of anxiety and suffering caused by the current pandemic, we all face uncertainty and may ask where God is to be found in this situation.  During these days of Holy Week we can find solace in the account of the Passion of Jesus.  Our Lord also faced questions, with many wondering whether he really was the promised Messiah.  It was only after his death that a centurion confirmed that Jesus truly was the Son of God.  He did this after seeing Christ suffer silently on the cross, which teaches us that God’s power is revealed in humble and self-sacrificial love.  We, like the disciples, may have preferred the Lord to manifest his strength by resolving our problems according to our own measure of what is right.  Yet the death and resurrection of Jesus show that while earthly power passes away, only love endures forever.  Dear brothers and sisters, let us draw courage from our crucified and risen Lord, who embraces our fragility, heals our sins, and draws us close to him, transforming our doubts into faith and our fears into hope.

08 April 2020, 10:19