Francis: We must not be afraid to live as Christians

“We must not be afraid to live as Christians,” to announce the Risen Christ, “because He is our peace, He made peace possible with His love and His forgiveness, with His blood and with His mercy.” These were the words of Pope Francis this morning — the second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday — before the recitation of the Regina caeli from the window of his studio overlooking Saint Peter’s Square. Before a crowd of more than 80,000 people, the Pope recalled that true peace comes from the experience of God’s mercy, as it came to St. Thomas in the episode related in the Gospel for this Sunday. Jesus said to him, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed,” and this, the Pope explaine …

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