The Pope Video – March 2024/ El video del Papa - Archived

by Stephanie Sanchez
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Let us pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world might imbue the Church with their courage and missionary drive.

Pope Francis – MARCH 2024

This month, I want to tell you a story that is a reflection of the Church today. It is the story of a little-known witness of faith.
Visiting a refugee camp in Lesbos, a man told me, “Father, I am Muslim. My wife was Christian. Terrorists came to our place, looked at us and asked what our religion was. They approached my wife with a crucifix and told her to throw it on the ground. She didn’t do it, and they slit her throat in front of me.” That’s what happened.
I know he held no grudges. He was focused on his wife’s example of love, a love for Christ that led her to accept, and to be faithful to the point of death.
Brothers, sisters, there will always be martyrs among us. This is a sign that we’re on the right path.
A person who knows told me there are more martyrs today than at the beginning of Christianity.
The courage of the martyrs, the witness of the martyrs, is a blessing for everyone.
Let us pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world might imbue the Church with their courage and missionary drive. And to be open to the grace of martyrdom.

Oremos para que quienes, en diversas partes del mundo, arriesgan su vida por el Evangelio, contagien a la Iglesia su valentía, su impulso misionero. Y abiertos a la gracia del martirio.

Papa Francisco – MARZO 2024

Este mes quiero contarles una historia que es un reflejo de la Iglesia de hoy. Es la historia de un testimonio de fe poco conocido.
Visitando un campo de refugiados en Lesbos un hombre me dijo: “Padre, yo soy musulmán. Mi mujer era cristiana. Llegaron los terroristas a nuestro país, nos miraron y nos preguntaron nuestra religión. Vieron a mi mujer con el crucifijo y le dijeron que lo tirara al suelo. Ella no lo hizo y la degollaron delante de mí”. Histórico.
Sé que él no tenía rencor. Se centraba en el ejemplo de amor de su mujer, un amor a Cristo que la llevó a aceptar y ser leal hasta la muerte.
Hermanos, hermanas, siempre habrá mártires entre nosotros. Es la señal de que vamos por el camino correcto.
Una persona que sabe me decía que hay más mártires hoy que al inicio del cristianismo.
El coraje de los mártires, el testimonio de los mártires, es una bendición para todos.
Oremos para que quienes, en diversas partes del mundo, arriesgan su vida por el Evangelio, contagien a la Iglesia su valentía, su impulso misionero. Y abiertos a la gracia del martirio.