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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

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Pope in General Audience: Jesus is not a severe master who imposes impossible burdens

2016-09-14

(VIDEO) During his catechesis the pope elaborated on the meaning of three phrases from the Gospel: "Come to me," "Take my yoke" and "Learn from me."

He said Jesus does not like the princes of the world that are far from the people; He likes to be close to those who suffer. "I wish that all world leaders" could be like Christ, the Pope concluded.

SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH 

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

In our catechesis during this Holy Year of Mercy, we have reflected on the tenderness of Jesus. Today we hear the Lord calling the discouraged, the poor and the little ones to Himself, all who – unable to count on powerful connections – can rely solely on God (Mt 11:28-30). In their powerlessness, they trust in God’s mercy; they come to Jesus who is their only help. In this Jubilee Year pilgrims around the world have been crossing the threshold of a Holy Door of mercy as they seek conversion. In approaching the Lord’s inexhaustible mercy, we will discover His "easy yoke:” Jesus who bears the burdens and needs of humanity shows us the way to salvation. And by participating in His sufferings, we come to know the will of God for us. We find true rest in Him, and are able to share in his plan of salvation. Jesus invites us also to learn from his service of the poor and of all who suffer. When we are tired or despondent, let us not be afraid; for our hope in Christ will never be confounded. Let us therefore come to Christ, trust in Him, rest in Him and joyously serve Him.  

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada and the United States of America. On this feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, I pray that all may find new life in Jesus. May God bless you! 


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