Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Text of Pope Francis's Easter message


Vatican City, March 31 - The following is an
official translation of Pope Francis's Urbi et Orbi message for
Easter Sunday.
"Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the
world, Happy Easter!
"What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ
is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every
family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in
hospitals, in prisons …
"Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it
is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen,
there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of
evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious!
"We too, like the women who were Jesus' disciples, who went
to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means
(cf. Lk 24:4). What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means
that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it
means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those
desert places in our hearts bloom.
"This same love for which the Son of God became man and
followed the way of humility and self-giving to the very end,
down to hell - to the abyss of separation from God - this same
merciful love has flooded with light the dead body of Jesus and
transfigured it, has made it pass into eternal life. Jesus did
not return to his former life, to earthly life, but entered into
the glorious life of God and he entered there with our humanity,
opening us to a future of hope.
"This is what Easter is: it is the exodus, the passage of
human beings from slavery to sin and evil to the freedom of love
and goodness. Because God is life, life alone, and his glory is
the living man (cf. Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, 4,20,5-7).
"Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for
all, and for everyone, but the power of the Resurrection, this
passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must
be accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our
everyday lives. How many deserts, even today, do human beings
need to cross! Above all, the desert within, when we have no
love for God or neighbour, when we fail to realize that we are
guardians of all that the Creator has given us and continues to
give us. God's mercy can make even the driest land become a
garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14).
"So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let
us accept the grace of Christ's Resurrection! Let us be renewed
by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the
power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become
agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the
earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.
"And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life,
to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into
peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore
peace for all the world.
"Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between
Israelis and Palestinians, who struggle to find the road of
agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume
negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long.
Peace in Iraq, that every act of violence may end, and above all
for dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many
refugees who await help and comfort. How much blood has been
shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a
political solution to the crisis will be found?
"Peace for Africa, still the scene of violent conflicts. In
Mali, may unity and stability be restored; in Nigeria, where
attacks sadly continue, gravely threatening the lives of many
innocent people, and where great numbers of persons, including
children, are held hostage by terrorist groups. Peace in the
East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in the Central
African Republic, where many have been forced to leave their
homes and continue to live in fear.
"Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may
disagreements be overcome and a renewed spirit of reconciliation
"Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking
for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness which threatens human
life and the family, selfishness that continues in human
trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this
twenty-first century. Peace to the whole world, torn apart by
violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous
exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! Made
the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural
disasters and make us responsible guardians of creation.
"Dear brothers and sisters, to all of you who are listening
to me, from Rome and from all over of the world, I address the
invitation of the Psalm: "Give thanks to the Lord for he is
good; for his steadfast love endures for ever. Let Israel say:
'His steadfast love endures for ever'" (Ps 117:1-2).
"Dear brothers and sisters, who have come from all over the
world to this Square, the heart of Christianity, and all of you
joining us via communications media, I renew my wishes for a
Happy Easter! Bring to your families and your nations the
message of joy of hope and peace that each year is powerfully
renewed on this day. May the Risen Lord, who defeated sin and
death, support us all especially the weakest and those most in
need. Thank you for your presence and the witness of your faith.
A thought and a particular thanks for the gift of these
beautiful flowers from the Netherlands. I affectionately repeat
to all of you: May the Risen Christ guide you and all humanity
on the paths of justice, love and peace!"

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