During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis asked thousands of people out in St. Peter's Square to pray for five nuns who recently were kidnapped in Syria.
"Now I would like to invite all of you to pray for the nuns of the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in Ma’lula, in Syria. Two days ago, they were kidnapped by armed men. Let us pray for these sisters, and for all those who have been kidnapped in this on-going conflict.”
During his catechesis, the Pope talked about the Resurrection. He explained that even though it's hard to understand, the Resurrection explains people's yearning for eternal life. It's a seed, said the Pope, that God instilled in humanity.
"This is not a lie, ok? This is truth. We believe that Jesus Resurrected. Jesus is among us and alive right now. But, do you really believe that He is alive? Oh, you don't? Yes or no? So, if Jesus is alive, do you think He would just let us die without resurrecting us? No! He waits for us because He has risen. The power in His Resurrection will raise us too.”
With thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, the Pope also said that the resurrection of each and every person is closely tied to that of Jesus.
"This fate is the source and the reason for our hope. A hope we sow and protect. This hope, if we protect it, if we protect it, it becomes a light that illuminates our personal story and that of our community.”
But resurrection is not limited to the after life. The Pope said that through Sacraments, like Baptism and the Eucharist, the seeds of resurrection bear fruit in every day life.
Despite the cold weather, the Pope held his general audience outdoors, in St. Peter's Square to accommodate a crowd of more than 30,000 pilgrims. As usual, he blessed several children.