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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Pope: Christians persevere in times of trouble, ignore doomsayers

People who follow Christ do not listen to “prophets of doom,” silly horoscopes or sermons that frighten and divide people, Pope Francis said.

Christians persevere in hope and love – no matter what upheavals and difficulties arise, he said in a homily in St Peter’s Basilica on 13th November.

“This is important to distinguish the word of wisdom that God speaks to us each day from the shouting of those who seek in God’s name to frighten, to nourish division and fear,” he said.

The pope’s remarks came during a Mass for the poor and socially excluded – “the Lazaruses of today” – as part of the Year of Mercy celebrations at the Vatican.

The pope reminded those gathered for Mass – many of them facing precarious living conditions – that for those who “are materially poor but rich in God, the sun of justice will rise.”

Picture: Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on 13th November. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters).