‘Dear brothers and sisters throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter!

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What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons …

 

Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil!  Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! The mercy of God always triumphs!’

 

Pope Francis, Easter Sunday 2013.

 

Great news, we have got a Pope!

Great news, we have got a Pope!

Great news, we have got a Pope!

‘Father, we pray for your protection and guidance over our new Holy Father, Pope Francis I. 

Give him strength and wisdom to stand as a prophet for our times. May he be a light in darkness around which we gather in hope.

We ask you to bring about reconciliation through his faithful teaching of peace and justice. Grant him compassion and care to live the gospel in love and service to all people. Let him follow in the path of St. Peter and St. Paul, who, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached that the Lord saves all who call upon his name. 

Amen.’