Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 2 October 2013 -
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we confess our faith that the Church is "holy". But how can we say that the Church is holy when she is all too evidently made up of sinners? Saint Paul helps us to see things aright when he tells us that "Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, to make her holy" (Eph 5:25-26). The Church is inseparably one with Christ, and the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. It is not ourselves, or our merits, which make the Church holy, but God himself, through the infinite merits of Christ's sacrifice on the Cross. God calls all of us, as sinners, to be redeemed, renewed and made holy in the communion of the Church. So the Church constantly welcomes everyone, even the greatest sinners, to trust in God's offer of loving mercy, and to encounter Christ in the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist. Let us not be afraid to respond to Christ's call, to trust in the working of the Holy Spirit and to pray and strive for that holiness which brings true joy to our lives.
The Holy Father:
Rivolgo un saluto cordiale alla delegazione del Centro Internazionale per il Dialogo Interreligioso e Interculturale. Il mio saluto accogliente va anche ai vari gruppi Buddisti provenienti dal Giappone, inclusa la delegazione della scuola Tendai e il gruppo dal Centro Nakano Dharma del Rissho Kosei-kai. Su tutti i pellegrini presenti a questa Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Scozia, Benin, Australia, India, Giappone, Canada e Stati Uniti, invoco la gioia e la pace del Signore!
I cordially greet the members of the delegation from the International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna. I also welcome the Buddhist visitors from Japan, including the delegations from the Tendai denomination and the Nakano Dharma Center of Rissho Kosei-kai. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today's Audience, including those from Scotland, Benin, Australia, India, Japan, Canada and the United States I invoke God's blessings of joy and peace!
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