Pope calls on Christians to express their faith in action
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the lives of
Christians must be coherent and express faith in action.
Speaking to the crowds gathered in a rainy St.
Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope invited all believers to always
bear in mind the message of the Gospel, the image of the Crucified Lord, and the
need to be witnesses of faith.
Calling on Christians to express their faith in
action, the Pope also turned to those who have yet to experience an encounter
with Christ offering the gift of a pocket-sized Gospel in which “we can meet
Jesus, listen to Him, and get to know Him”.
And commenting on the fact that 50 thousand copies
of the Gospel were being distributed in the Square by 300 homeless people, the
Pope said “this is a beautiful gesture” that Jesus approves: “those who are most
needy are the ones who are giving us the Word of God”.
“Take it – he said – keep it in your pocket or in
your handbag and read a passage a day. God’s word lights up our path. It will do
Reflecting on the reading for the Fifth Sunday of
Lent, the Pope said that John tells of a group of Greeks of Jewish faith who
came to Jerusalem to celebrate a feast day and said to Philip “We would like to
see Jesus”. Francis pointed out that there were many people in the Holy city
including High Priests, political leaders as well as ordinary citizens and
people like those “Greeks” who were curious to get to know Jesus and to learn of
And repeating the words “We would like to see
Jesus”, Pope Francis said that there are many amongst us who would like to see
Jesus, who are in search of his life-giving message. To them – he said – “there
are three things we can offer: the Gospel, the crucifix and our witness”.
In the Gospel – the Pope said – we can meet Jesus
and listen to his words; through the crucifix we have the tangible sign of His
love for us when he died on the cross to save us; in being witnesses to
Christianity we can express our faith in simple gestures of fraternal
After the recitation of the Angelus prayer, Pope
Francis thanked the people of Naples for the warm welcome he received during his
pastoral visit to the city on Saturday.
And noting that today we mark World Water Day, the
Pope said water is the most essential element of life and that the future of
humanity depends on our capacity to protect water and to adopt correct water
Calling on the international community to monitor
water policies so that the waters of the planet be adequately protected Francis
also pointed out that water is a common good and that it must be accessible to