Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis beckons crowds to 'give up hate'

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(By Kate Carlisle)
Vatican City, April 1 - Pope Francis greeted the
crowds on St Peter's Square Easter Monday or "Monday of the
Angel" celebrating Mass and reciting the Regina Coeli (Queen of
Heaven) prayer.
"Thank you all for coming today, and in such large numbers,"
the pope began.
"May the power of the resurrection of Christ reach everyone
- especially those who suffer - and all in need of confidence
and hope".
"Without (the) grace (of God) we can do nothing," he said
in Italian.
"The grace contained in the sacraments Easter is an
enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family
life, as well as for social relations," Pope Francis said.
Francis told the crowds that he prayed for "the Paschal
mystery to work deeply in us and in our days, that hatred gives
way to love, lies the truth, revenge to forgiveness and sadness
to joy".
The Regina Coeli is sung or recited in place of the
Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through
Pentecost Sunday.
During his address he called for followers to give up
"hate" and to cooperate with the "grace of Christ" so that it
can "become effective in our lives and in the world".
"Christ has conquered evil so fully and definitively, but
it is up to us, to men of all ages, to welcome this victory in
our lives and in the realities of history and society," the pope
said.
"Yes, Baptism that makes us children of God, the Eucharist
unites us to Christ, must become life, that is reflected in
attitudes, behaviors, actions, choices," the Argentine pontiff
said during his first Easter Monday mass as Pope Francis.
Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter's
Basilica, accompanied Pope Francis on Monday during a private
visit to the tomb of St Peter, Vatican sources said.
The Argentine pontiff will visit the necropolis underneath
the Basilica where he will spend time in prayer by the tomb of
the first pope in history.
Francis, who was elected as pope on March 13 after Benedict
shocked the world in February by announcing he was stepping
down, kicked off Holy Week with Palm Sunday Mass on March 24 in
St Peter's Square.
The former archbishop of Buenos Aires gave his first Easter
Sunday Mass as pontiff before a crowd of tens of thousands of
people from all over the world in St Peter's Square on Sunday.
Following the reciting of the Regina Coeli on Monday, Pope
Francis wished the crowds again "Happy Easter and have a good
lunch!".

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