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Pope at Santa Marta: The bad spirit prefers a tranquil Church without risks

In his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis stressed that the Church must not be mundane, because "the bad spirit prefers a tranquil Church without risks.â?  POPE FRANCIS "And this is the path of our daily conversion: to pass from a mundane state of life, tranquil, without risks; Catholic, yes, yes, but lukewarm, to instead a state of life of the true announcement of Christ, to the joy of Christ's announcement. To move from a religiosity that looks too much on earnings, to faith and to the proclamation of 'Jesus is the Lord.'â?  He used the story of Bl. Oscar Romeo who was murdered for wanting to obtain justice for the poor, as an example for leaving one's comfort zone.  EXTRACT FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY IN ENGLISH Source: Vatican Radio  "No, the Church of Jesus is like this....: they were branded as communists and persecuted. Think of the Blessed Romero.What happened to him for having told the truth? And so many others in the history of the Church, even here in Europe. Why? Because the evil spirit prefers a tranquil, risk-free Church, a business-like Church, a comfortable and lukewarm Church."   "The evil one always starts from the pocket. When the Church is lukewarm, quiet, organized, when there are no problems, look to where business is to be made." "This is the path of our daily conversion: to pass from a mundane state of life, tranquil, without risks; Catholic, yes, yes, but lukewarm, to instead a state of life of the true announcement of Christ, to the joy of Christ's announcement. To move from a religiosity that looks too much on earnings, to faith and to the proclamation of 'Jesus is the Lord.'â?  "A Church without martyrs breeds distrust; a Church that doesnâ??t take risks breeds distrust; a Church that is afraid of proclaiming Jesus Christ and of chasing out demons, idols and the lord of money is not Christâ??s Church. Let us ask the Lord for the grace for renewed vigor in faith and conversion from a lukewarm way of life so we are able to make the joyful proclamation that Jesus is the Lord." JC CTV S -PR UP: JC