VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as a friend during the Church’s most holy night of the year.
“If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. ... He will receive you with open arms,” Pope Francis said at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Easter vigil Mass.
“If you have been indifferent, take a risk; you won’t be disappointed,” he told thousands gathered at the Vatican on March 30.
At the opening of the liturgy — which Pope Francis concelebrated with numerous cardinals — candles were lit among the faithful and passed in complete silence, illuminating the church as the Easter candle...READ MORE