HomeFrom RomeDo not be afraid to go forth and announce the Risen Christ
From Rome

Do not be afraid to go forth and announce the Risen Christ

Tags: Rome, Video, Angelus, Pope Francis
  The Holy Father recites the Regina Coeli prayer which replaces the Angelus in the Easter Season from Holy Saturday until the Pentecost.

Pope Francis on Sunday urged the faithful to be courageous in proclaiming their faith.

Speaking to crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli prayer, the Pope highlighted the fact that the eighth day of Easter is also Divine Mercy Sunday, and he renewed his Easter greetings with the words of the Risen Christ: Peace be with you.
These words – he said – are not a simple greeting: they are a gift – the precious gift that Christ offered to his disciples after he rose from the dead.

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you…” And the Pope said "this peace is the fruit of the victory of God’s love over evil, it’s the fruit of forgiveness". And he said this is the true peace that comes from having experienced God’s mercy.And speaking of the peace Jesus gave to the Apostles so that they could spread it in the world the Pope said we too must have the courage to be witnesses of the faith in the Risen Christ. We must not be afraid – he said – to be Christians and to live as Christians.

Pope Francis urged those listening to have the courage to go forth and to announce the Risen Christ because He is our peace, He made peace possible with his love and his forgiveness, with his blood and with his mercy.And Pope Francis concluded his address announcing he would be celebrating Mass in the afternoon in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, and he invited those present to pray for the bishop and for the people of Rome in their journey of faith and charity.

Related articles


Pope: Don't be a watered-down Christian

Video. (Rome Reports). During Sunday's Angelus prayer, Pope Francis talked about the importance of living out the Gospel. He called on Christians to be the salt of the earth and to not be watered-down Christians. "It's sad to see watered-down Christians. It reminds me of watered-down wine. You don't know if they're Christians or if they're mundane. It's just like watered-down wine. You don't know if it's wine or just water. It's sad.”


Francis: Don Alvaro’s exemplary witness

Rome, September 28, 2014. At the close of today’s Angelus, the Holy Father said, “Yesterday, in Madrid, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo was proclaimed Blessed. May his exemplary witness as a Christian and a priest, awaken in many people the desire to keep ever closer to Christ and the Gospel.”


Pope: Is your faith like a rock or like sand?

Video. (Rome Reports). The Pope talked about faith. He explained that Jesus built His Church on St. Peter because his faith was as strong as a rock. The Pope then challenged all Christians with a simple question."How is your faith? What's it like? What does the Lord find in our hearts? A firm heart, like a rock, or one that's like sand, doubtful, wary, incredulous?”


Pope's Angelus address: “You cannot hate in the name of God”

Video. (Rome Reports) Pope Francis expressed his concern for the situation in Iraq during the Angelus prayer. He firmly assured that these crimes gravely offend God.


Pope's Angelus: A Church without nuns is unthinkable!

Video. Rome Reports. "You're getting wet out there in Square! You're all very brave.” The rain came down hard during Sunday's Angelus. The Pope of course took notice of all the thousands of people hanging on tight to their umbrellas.