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General Audience: Pope explains the spiritual side of the communion of saints

2013-11-06

During the Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis described the "communion of saints” as the charity that lives within Christians.


Pope Francis said that charity is the Church's greatest treasure, adding that the Sacraments are needed to nurture that treasure. Through them, the Pope said, "we encounter Christ," and are "sent forth to share with others the joy of salvation."


SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH 

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

In our continuing catechesis on the Creed, we now reflect on "the communion of saints” as a communion not only of persons but also of spiritual goods. Through our sharing in those goods, we grow in communion with Christ and with the members of his body, the Church. 

Today let us consider three of these spiritual treasures: the sacraments, charisms and charity. In the sacraments, we encounter Christ in all His saving power, are confirmed in the joy of faith, and sent forth to share with others the joy of salvation. 

Through the variety of charisms, the spiritual gifts and graces bestowed by the Holy Spirit, we help to build up the Church in unity, holiness and service. In charity, all these spiritual gifts find their fulfillment; everything is ordered to our growth in God’s love. 

Let us ask the Lord to increase our communion in these spiritual goods, so that we can live ever more fully our Christian vocation in union with Him and as joyful signs of His saving love, present and at work in our midst.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today's Audience, including those from England and Wales, Ireland, Denmark, Australia, Japan and the United States. 

In a special way, I greet the priests from England celebrating the anniversaries of their ordination. I also thank the choirs present for their praise of God in song. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace!


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