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Pope Francis addresses the faithful during the General Audience with an invitation to live Holy Week and the Triduum as “one great domestic liturgy”, looking to the crucified Lord and meditating on the words of the Gospels.

April 8, 2020

Pope Francis spoke to the faithful from the Apostolic Library in the Vatican on Wednesday inviting them to find courage, strength and hope in God’s infinite love.

He began his General Audience, that was streamed live, with a poignant question:

During these weeks filled with anxiety and suffering because of the pandemic (…) we may be asking ourselves a question about God: What does He do in the face of our pain? Where is He when everything is going wrong? Why doesn’t He solve the problems immediately?

The account of Jesus’ Passion, which accompanies us in these Holy Days, the Pope said, helps us go forward with trust and hope.

In fact, he explained, the Gospels tell us that many questions were raised during the time of the Lord’s Passion, starting with when, after having welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, the people asked themselves when He would finally free them from their enemies.

“They expected a powerful and triumphant Messiah yielding a sword”, said the Pope. Instead, He was meek and humble of heart, calling for conversion and mercy.

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