Vatican City, Sep 10, 2016 / 10:06 am
Christ took on our sins so that we might have true freedom, Pope Francis said Saturday during a special audience in St. Peter's Square, where he gave confirmation to a young man in a wheelchair.
"The word 'redemption' is little used, yet it is important because it indicates the most radical liberation that God could perform for us, for all of humanity and the entire creation," Francis said.
Often, the Pope said, we deny that our sins have any power over us, when in reality they are another type of slavery.
"By becoming one of us, the Lord Jesus not only takes on our human condition, but he raises us to the possibility of being children of God," Pope Francis said. "By his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish, has conquered death and sin to free us from their domain."