We use our own and third party cookies to improve your user experience; by continuing to browse, we understand that you accept their use. You can get more information on our cookies policy.

Rome Reports

You are using an outdated browser

In order to deliver the greatest experience to our visitors we use cutting edge web development techniques that require a modern browser. To view this page please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or greater

Pope explains “Blessed are the Peacemakers” in General Audience


In his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected once again on the Beatitudes. He looked at number seven, Blessed are the peacemakers. 

He mentioned two types of peace: one meaning “abundant, flourishing life” and the other an “interior serenity.” The pope said Easter brings its own peace, “the fruit of Jesus' death and resurrection.” 

Pope Francis explained that a peacemaker is a person who, “by God’s grace, imitates Jesus in bringing reconciliation to others by giving of themselves, always and everywhere!”

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our continuing catechesis on the Beatitudes, we now turn to the seventh Beatitude: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Mt 5:9).

One kind of peace can be seen in the biblical term Shalom, which signifies an abundant, flourishing life. A second idea is the modern notion of interior serenity. Yet this second type of peace is incomplete since spiritual growth often occurs precisely when our tranquillity has somehow been disturbed. In this Easter season we see Jesus bringing the gift of his own peace, a fruit of his death and resurrection. The Lord bestows his gift not as the world does – where “peace” is often purchased at the expense of others – but by destroying hostility in his own person (cf. Eph 2:14).

A peacemaker, then, is someone who, by God’s grace, imitates Jesus in bringing reconciliation to others by giving of themselves, always and everywhere! Those who do so are true children of God and show us the way of true happiness. Once again, I wish you all a happy Easter, in the peace of Christ!

I greet the English-speaking faithful joining us through the media. In the joy of the Risen Christ, I invoke upon you and your families the loving mercy of God our Father. May the Lord bless you!