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Christ's call for the burdened to come to Him is for all people, Pope teaches

More scenes from the visit of Pope Francis to Sibari in the Italian region of Calabria late last month.
More scenes from the visit of Pope Francis to Sibari in the Italian region of Calabria late last month.
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At his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reminded pilgrims that the call of Christ in this week’s Sunday Gospel to “come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest (cf. Mt. 11:28),” is applicable to all people in every time and in every place. “When Jesus says this, he has before his eyes the people he encountered everyday in the streets of Galilee: many simple people, the poor, the sick, sinners, the marginalized … This people always flocked to hear his word – a word of hope,” the Pope reflected to the crowd. “This invitation of Jesus' extends to the present day, reaching the many brothers and sisters weighed down by poor living conditions, by difficult life situations and sometimes by a lack of valid points of reference.” The Holy Father further explained that in today’s world, this call of Christ can especially be heard by those people “on the margins of society, there are many men and women worn down by poverty, but also by dissatisfaction and frustration in life.”

The Pope further slammed the indifference of people to those who are poor and suffering, but said that “worse, is the indifference of Christians!” Francis explained that Christ’s call isn’t only for those who live in material poverty “but he also talks too to those who possess everything, yet whose heart is empty and without God. To these also, Jesus addresses the invitation: 'Come to me,'” the Pontiff declared, “the call of Jesus is for everyone. But in a special way for those who suffer the most.”

“Once you have received the refreshment and comfort of Christ, we are called in turn to become refreshment and comfort for our brothers and sisters, with a meek and humble attitude, in imitation of the Master,” the Pope taught. The Holy Father prayed for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Christians to be relief, to act with tenderness, and to bring hope to those in need of help.