Vatican City, Jan 19, 2017 / 12:28 pm
Pope Francis spoke Thursday about the struggles inherent to the Christian life, and how temptation, while a normal part of trying to live virtuously, must be fought adamantly.
"That's why St. Paul speaks of Christian life as a struggle: a daily struggle. A fight!" he said Jan. 19. "That's why Jesus came: 'to destroy Satan's empire, the empire of evil.'"
In his homily at Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on how the day's Gospel from St. Mark talks about crowds of people following Jesus.
"Why were the crowds attracted?" the Pope asked.