Vatican City, Mar 11, 2020 / 04:01 am
Pope Francis said Wednesday Catholics must spread the Gospel to a world which hungers and thirsts for the justice of Jesus Christ.
Speaking via livestream, the pope said March 11 that in the heart of every person, “even the most corrupt and far from good person,” there is “always the thirst for truth and good, which is the thirst for God.”
“This is why the Church is sent to announce to everyone the Word of God, steeped with the Holy Spirit,” he stated.
“Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest justice which can be offered to the heart of humanity, which has a vital need for it, even if it does not realize it.”
Because of the coronavirus epidemic in Italy, Pope Francis gave his weekly general audience address via internet livestream from the library of the apostolic palace. It would ordinarily be held in St. Peter’s Square, which was closed yesterday by Italian police.
Francis said he would like to address everyone who is sick with the coronavirus and all those who suffer from uncertainty.
The pope also thanked hospital staff, doctors, nurses, and volunteers who are helping the ill.
“In this moment, it is very difficult to stay close to the people who suffer,” he said. “I thank all Christians, all men and women of good will, who are praying during this moment.”