By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/22/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Pope Francis urged Catholics to share their faith "to the ends of the Earth" during a baptism ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica. The solemn ceremony reminds us that we are called to serve amid the joy of the resurrection. The most enduring call of Christ is for us to make disciples of all nations.
Pope Francis enters with his candle symbolizing the light of Christ.
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The dramatic Easter Vigil in the Vatican began with Pope Francis carrying a single lit candle into a darkened cathedral, hush with anticipation. Using his single lit candle, to represent the light of Christ, Pope Francis lit another candle, then another. From those more were lit and the chain continued until the entire room was awash in light.
So, on Easter Eve, the world is reminded that Christ is triumphant over darkness and we too can overcome evil by sharing our faith with others.
Pope Francis asked everyone present to recall the moment they found their faith. "Do I remember it? Have I forgotten it? Look for it. You'll find it. The Lord is waiting."
Pope Francis then called all people to bring that fire of faith "to the very ends of the Earth."
Pope Francis then proceeded to baptize 10 people, all drawn to Rome from around the world.
Although Pope Francis was speaking directly to the people in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night, he was also addressing a wider audience, which is all Catholics around the world. Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church quite specifically before his death, appointing Peter as chief among the apostles. Peter was recognized and the spiritual successor to Jesus and from Peter an unbroken line of Popes extended to Pope Francis of today.
When Pope Francis speaks, he does so with the authority of Christ. Pope Francis has inherited the Chair of Peter, and was chosen by the Holy Spirit to guide Catholics during this important time. And there's a lot that makes this time important.
Among the calls issued by Pope Francis is to commit to participation in a sustained campaign to end world hunger by 2025. This call was issued on December 10, and the Church, including Catholic Online and Caritas Internationalis are all working to meet this goal. The UN has already independently verified that this goal is feasible, but it requires the mobilization and commitment of a large organization, such as the Catholic Church, with the cooperation of millions, if not billions of people, which is also an asset the Church enjoys.
Ultimately, the success or failure of Pope Francis' mission is up to you, the individual and if you will go beyond your present means to help meet this important goal.
The second call issued by Pope Francis is for all Catholics to read the Bible, and to do so often. In fact, Pope Francis called earlier this month for Catholics to carry a copy of the Bible, or at least the gospels, with them wherever they go. Catholics are also called to make the Bible available to those who do not have one.
Three billion people do not have access to a personal Bible, should they want one.
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If you are Catholic, and you are reading this, then you must appreciate that Our Holy Father has called us to a task which requires our assistance. We are to provide food for the hungry and share our scriptures with those who hunger for more than just food.
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