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Pope at Regina Coeli: A Church without the capacity to surprise is a dying Church

After celebrating Pentecost Mass, Pope Francis prayed the Regina Coeli before thousands of pilgrims at St. Peter's Square. The Pope explained that a fundamental element of the Pentecost is surprise, and that the Church must surprise everyone when announcing that Jesus overcome death. POPE FRANCIS "Listen up: if the Church is alive, it must always surprise. An aspect for the living Church is to surprise. A Church that doesn't have the capacity to surprise is a weak, sickened and dying Church. It must be taken to the recovery room, immediately.� The Pope explained that the Church of the Pentecost is not resigned to being bland, it doesn't strive to become a decorative element, and it doesn't think twice about going out and encountering people. POPE FRANCIS "She is born as one and universal, with a precise identity, but open. A Church that embraces the world, but does not capture it. She leaves it free, but she hugs it the way columns embrace this Square: two arms that open and take in, but do not hold back. We as Christians are free, and the Church wants us to be free!� Pope Francis also thanked pilgrims for their prayers of support for his meeting with the presidents of Israel and Palestine and the ecumenical patriarch, to pray for peace. YJA/RCA CTV FA -BN Up: MAE