Joy in Mercy

"What a joy it is for me to announce this message: 

Christ is risen! 

I would like it to go out to every house and every family!

Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart,
for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: 
Jesus is risen, there is hope for you,
you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil! 
Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! 
The mercy of God always triumphs!

God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden,
can restore life to dry bones.
Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus,
 let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too;
and let us become agents of this mercy,
channels through which God can water the earth,
protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
to you who have come from all over the world
 to this Square at the heart of Christianity,
and to you linked by modern technology,
I repeat my greeting:

Happy Easter!

Bear in your families and in your countries
the message of joy, hope and peace
which every year, on this day, is powerfully renewed.
-from the Urbi et Orbi

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