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Pope: The Passion of Jesus was not a mistake


More than 25.000 people attended the Pope's general audience in St. Peter's. 

As he made his way across the square in the popemobile, there were plenty of greetings, including time to drink some mate tea, to sign some autographs and even got offered some potato chips.  

He exchanged his papal hat and also read some unique banners like this one where a couple asked for a blessing for their 50th wedding anniversary. Two kids also got the ride of a lifetime when the Pope invited them to hop on the popemobile and make a few rounds with him along the square. 

"Are you enjoying it?" 

During his catechesis, Pope Francis talked about  Holy Week. He reflected on the Passion of the Lord and the betrayal of Judas. 

"Jesus had a price. As if He were something that could be bough in a market. Jesus accepts this humiliation until His death on the Cross. FLASH His Passion is no mistake. It's His way of showing us His infinite love.”

He then explained that the suffering Jesus went through should not be ignored, explaining why it's relevant to all Christians. 

"In His Passion, we see His generosity and love. During Holy Week it would do us some good to really look at the Crucifix, kiss the wounds of Jesus and to say 'Thank you.' He went through that for each and every one of us.” 

When it comes to the Resurrection, the Pope explained that even though Jesus suffered, in the end, God always shines His light, even in the darkest of moments. 

"The Resurrection of Jesus is not some type of fairytale ending. It's not the feel good ending of a movie, but rather proof that God is present even in difficult and dark moments. The night is always extremely dark just before the sun begins to rise. Let's not lose faith while we're on the Cross.”

Hundreds of students attending the UNIV Conference were also in the audience. They gave the Pope hundreds of letters written by the elderly and orphans. 

"I'm happy to welcome all participants from the UNIV Conference; a gathering for university students titled: Cosmos, the Ecology of the Person and the environment, organized by the Prelature of the Opus Dei.”

There was also plenty of laughter when one of the interpreters got a bit confused in a translation. The crowd started laughing and the Pope joined in the fun with some joke. 

"You're getting old.”