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Christ's Resurrection gives hope to the world, Pope says

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In his General Audience and Angelus for Easter Wednesday today, Pope Francis reflected on the reality that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ gives a fresh hope to a hurting world. “In these days we celebrate with joy the great mystery of the Resurrection of Christ,” the Pontiff said. “With the resurrection, all has been made new and fresh hope has been poured out upon our world.” Pope Francis reflected on a reading from the Gospel from Luke 24, where we see the angel asking the women visiting Jesus' by-then empty tomb: "Why do you look for the living among the dead?"

“It's not easy to accept the presence of the resurrected in the midst of us,” Francis said. “The question that the angel directed to the women, that Easter morning, 'Why do you seek the living among the dead,' we must also ask ourselves.” The Pontiff said that the words of the men at the tomb are as relevant to us today as they were to the women on that first Easter morning, saying that in our humanity we can still make the mistake of seeking the living among the dead “when we are seduced by power and the things of this world, forgetting God and neighbor, when we put our hope in worldly vanities, in money or in success,” he explained. “Each time we lose hope or do not have the strength to pray, each time that we feel alone of abandoned by friends, and even God, each time we feel like prisoners of our sins.”

“Today he challenges each of us to seek him, the Living One, and to leave behind everything that holds us back from encountering him and sharing in the rebirth, the freedom and the hope which he alone can give,” the Pope explained in conclusion.

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