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Pope Francis: Believing in Christ, but not in the Church is a contradiction

2013-05-29

POPE FRANCIS
"I congratulate all of you for having the courage to come out in the rain. You're strong!

Even if the weather wasn't ideal, there was time for some endearing moments like this one, where a boy gave Pope Francis a puppet that resembled  the Pontiff himself.

During his catechesis the Pope addressed the popular notion of those who say they believe in Christ, but not in the Church.

POPE FRANCIS
"There are those who say, 'I believe in God, but not in priests. I believe in Christ, but not in the Church'. But it's the very Church that leads us to Christ. The Church is God's family. And yes, it's true that the Church also has human characteristics in its members. From pastors to the faithful, there are defects, imperfections and sins. Even I, the Pope, have them.  But the beautiful thing is that we recognize that we are sinners. When we accept that we are sinners, we find the mercy of God. God always forgives, never forget this: God always forgives ".

He went on to explain that despite human limitations and sins, it is through the Church, that God's message is announced.

POPE FRANCIS
"Ask yourself: Do you love the Church? Do you pray for Her? Do you feel part of this family? What do you do so that others can feel heard and understood?”

Towards the end of the general audience,  the Pope invited pilgrims to take part in the Corpus Christi procession which will take place on Thursday night. It will run through the streets of Rome, starting at the  Basilica of St. John Lateran and ending in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.


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