Vatican City, Oct 25, 2017 / 04:40 am
Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God's promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven.
"Paradise is not a fairy tale, nor is it an enchanted garden. Paradise is an embrace with God, (who is) infinite Love, and we enter thanks to Jesus, who died on the cross for us," the Pope said Oct. 25.
"Where there is Jesus, there is mercy and happiness; without Him there is the cold and darkness," he said, explaining that at the hour of death, "the Christian repeats to Jesus: 'Remember me.' And even if there is no one who remembers us, Jesus is there, beside us."
Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims during his general audience, which he announced would conclude his year-long catechesis on Christian hope. He dedicated his address to a reflection on heaven, which is the ultimate "goal of our hope."