Pope: Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence
Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.
Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as “persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but meek; not as snake-oil salesmen, but subservient to the truth; not impostors, but honest,” he said on 28th June during his weekly general audience.
In fact, “Christians find repugnant the idea that suicide attackers might be called ‘martyrs’ because there is nothing in their purpose that can come close to the behaviour of children of God,” who are called always to act out of love, he told the estimated 12,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.
High temperatures and scattered sprinkles prompted the pope to tell guests in the Vatican audience hall that he was about to head outside to a “Turkish bath.”
In his weekly catechesis, the pope continued his series on Christian hope by focusing on what gives Christians strength and perseverance in the face of opposition, hatred and persecution.
Picture: Pope Francis walks past traditional flag twirlers and musicians during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 28th June. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: evil, love, Pope Francis, sacrifice, violence