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(ONLY VIDEO) During the general audience of Holy Wednesday in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis explained how to live and understand Holy Week.

He said that the Passion and Resurrection of Christ show God's mercy. This week, there are three "intense days" that make it clear how deep His love is for humanity. God does not abandon men in the "trials of life.”

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  

As we prepare to celebrate the Paschal Triduum in this Holy Year of Mercy, we are invited in a special way to contemplate the revelation of God’s infinite mercy in the events of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.  

Tomorrow, Holy Thursday, Jesus gives himself to us as food and, in the washing of feet, teaches us the need to serve others.  

On Good Friday, in the mystery of Christ’s death on the cross, we contemplate that undying divine love which embraces all mankind and summons us in turn to love one another in the power of the Spirit.  

Holy Saturday, the day of God’s silence, invites us not only to solidarity with all who are abandoned and alone, but also to trust in that faithful love which turns death into life.  These, then, are days which speak to us powerfully of God’s love and mercy. 

In one of her visions, Julian of Norwich hears the Lord say that he rejoices eternally because he was able to suffer for our sake out of love.  Let us prepare then to celebrate the coming days with gratitude for this great mystery of God’s mercy, poured out for us on the cross of our salvation.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from Ireland, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the United States.  With cordial good wishes for a blessed Easter, I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  God bless you all!


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