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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Pope thanks missionaries during Sunday's Angelus

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 To highlight World Mission Day, during Sundays Angelus, Pope Francis talked the work and legacy of  Afra Martinelli. The 78 year old Italian woman was killed in Nigeria a few weeks ago, after working as a missionary for more than 30 years. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Everyone has cried over her death, Christians and Muslims. Everyone loved her. She preached the Gospel with her life and with her work. She even opened an educational center. This is how she promoted the Gospel. She fought a good battle. Let's think about her and greet her with our applause, ok?”

Pope Francis also talked about  a martyr who was beatified in Budapest, Stefano Sando. He added that the life example of these two Christians, highlights that Christian life is a battle.  It's a fight against  outside enemies, but also inner, spiritual battles. The Pope said the best response is prayer.

POPE FRANCIS
"In our daily journey, especially in facing our challenges. In the fight against inner and outer evil, the Lord is not far away. He is by our side. We fight this battle by His side and our best weapon is prayer, that makes us feel He is close to us, His mercy, and His help.”

With thousands of people out in the Square, the Pope also took the time to cheer on runners that took part in the so called "100 meter sprint for Faith.” Francis  thanked the runners for reminding people that believers are athletes of the spirit.  Professionals were also there, including British runner Jason Gardener, who is the former World Indoor Champion, and Italian tennis-player Mara Santangelo.


JASON GARDENER
"Sport has a power to change lives”


MARA SANTANGELO
"Having a strong faith overcomes everything. It gives you that extra motivation that pushes you forward, even beyond your limits.”


But the race wasn't just for professionals: All types of runners accepted the challenge. This little girl, for example, was the youngest person in the race.


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