Vatican City, Nov 25, 2018 / 06:45 am
The Kingdom of God takes its power from the strength of Christ's love, not the strength of the sword, Pope Francis said Sunday, on the feast of Christ the King.
History shows that kingdoms built on the power of arms, or on an abuse of power, do not last, the pope said Nov. 25. "But the kingdom of God is founded on his love and rooted in hearts… giving peace, freedom and fullness of life to those who welcome it."
Pope Francis reflected on the Kingdom of God during his Angelus address for the feast day, the full name of which is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Celebrating this day, which is set at the end of the liturgical year, the pope said, "recalls that the life of creation does not advance by chance but proceeds towards a final goal: the definitive manifestation of Christ, Lord of history and of all creation."