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Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 6. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Have Faith, urges Holy Father

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to continue to have Faith in Jesus and the Resurrection.

During his Sunday Angelus, the Pope focused on the virtue of faith and reflected on that day’s Gospel where a woman was healed from a haemorrhage after touching Jesus’ clothes.

“Faith is this: to touch Jesus and to draw from him the grace which saves,” the Pope said. “The need to be freed drives her to dare, and faith ‘snatches,’ so to speak, healing from the Lord.”

“You are my son, you are my daughter! You are healed, you are healed. I forgive all, all. I heal everyone and everything.”

In response to the day’s Gospel and Christ’s raising of a 12 year old girl who had died, Pope Francis said that these two miracles were united by Faith in the resurrection.

“The whole Gospel is written in the light of this faith: Jesus is risen, has conquered death, and because of this victory we too will be resurrected [but] this faith, which for the first Christians was secure, can tarnish and become uncertain, to the point that some confuse resurrection with reincarnation.”

“The word of God this Sunday invites us to live in the certainty of the resurrection: Jesus is the Lord, Jesus has power over evil and over death, and wants to take us to the Father’s house, where life reigns. And there we will meet all, all of us in this square today, we will meet in the Father’s house, in the life that Jesus gives us.”

In hisclosing remarks on the Resurrection, the Holy Father called Catholics to see the Resurrection as ‘a principle of renewal and of hope.’

“Anyone who is desperate and weary unto death, if they rely on Jesus and on his love, can begin to live again,” he added.

 

 

 

 

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