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Last year, Easter brought with it a new pope, and the new pope brought with him a classic, timeless message: “Christ is risen!”

Apr 02, 2014

Last year, Easter brought with it a new pope, and the new pope brought with him a classic, timeless message: “Christ is risen!”

Pope Francis had been elected pontiff less than a month when he declared in his first Easter message “urbi et orbi” (“to the city and to the world”).

“I would like it [the message that Christ is risen] 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! The mercy of God always triumphs!”

He reminded us that Easter is our exodus, a “passage of human beings from slavery to sin and evil to the freedom of love and goodness.”

Pope Francis said, “This passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness must be accomplished in every age.” He invited us to embrace God’s gift of grace that comes freely every Easter, to “change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace.”

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