Pope Francis: Paul VI witnessed to faith in Christ

“His witness feeds in us the flame of love for Christ, of love for the Church, of the impulse to proclaim the Gospel to the people of today.” That’s how Pope Francis greeted members of the diocese of Brescia, on pilgrimage for the Year of Faith, on the 50th anniversary of the election of Paul VI. In his speech, the Pope mentioned three particular aspects of Pope Paul: “his love of Christ, his love of the Church, and his love of people.” Paul VI, he said, knew how to give witness, in difficult times, to faith in Jesus Christ. Even in our days, he reminds us that “Jesus is necessary, now more than ever, to men and women, because in the ‘deserts’ of the secular city, He speaks to us of God. During his po …

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