POPE FRANCIS: AT THE WAY OF THE CROSS, "WHAT DOES THE CROSS TEACH US FOR OWN LIVES?"

"All those who come into contact with the Cross of Jesus entrust to it a part of themselves whilst bringing a part of the Cross of Jesus into their lives", the Pope told the crowds of youths gathered on Friday evening at Copacabana’s shorefront to take part in the Way of the Cross procession. The Holy Father recalled the "mandate" of Blessed John Paul II, when in 1984, at the end of the Holy Year of Redemption, he entrusted the cross to young people so that they may share it with the rest of the world "as the token of Jesus’ love for mankind". Pope Francis said: "since then the Cross travelled throughout various realms of human existence, thereby assimilating the lives of so many youths that saw it and carried it with them." His Holiness raised three questions: "Dear youths of Brazil, what have you entrusted to the Cross in the past two years during which it travelled throughout your large Country? And what has the Cross of Jesus entrusted to each single one of you? And finally, what does the Cross teach us for our own lives?" After the questions, Pope Francis narrated the episode of the Apostle Peter, when "after having fled the city of Rome to escape Nero’s persecution, he saw Jesus walking in the opposite direction." It’s the ancient "Quo Vadis?" tradition: Peter "understood that he had to follow the Lord with courage", which is what the Pope has asked the youths. (more)

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