Sunday, April 30, 2017
Close  
newsinfo / World
  • share this

Pope Francis addresses 100,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square

/ 07:20 PM April 07, 2013

Pope Francis AFP

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Sunday addressed an estimated 100,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square at his traditional weekly blessing, urging them to evangelize and “not be afraid to be Christians.”

“We must not be afraid to be Christians and to live like Christians,” the new Argentine pope, who was elected last month as Latin America’s first pontiff, told the crowd from a window of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

“We must have the courage to go out and proclaim the risen Christ,” he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Vatican said 100,000 people attended the event.

Francis later on Sunday is to celebrate a mass in the St. John Lateran basilica, the official seat of the bishop of Rome, and preside over a ceremony in which he formally takes possession of the church.

The ritual will complete the 76-year-old’s formal instalment as pontiff.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Catholic Church, Pope Francis, Religion, Vatican
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.




© Copyright 1997-2016 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved