Vatican City, Jul 5, 2017 / 14:13 pm
In his prayer video for the month of July, Pope Francis has asked Christians to join him in praying for those who have strayed from the faith, providing hope to them through the witness of our joy and actions.
"Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ – his faithful and inexhaustible love," the Pope says at the opening of the video, depicting a man in dark-colored clothing sitting on steps outside of a Church.
"When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus," he says, stressing that "we must not leave him alone!"
Rather, "we should offer him Christian hope – with our words, yes, but more with our testimony, with our freedom, with our joy," Francis says, as a second man, dressed in white, then walks out of the church and sits next to the man on the steps.