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Pope Francis Stresses the Importance of Christian History in Mass Sermon

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 May 16
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Pope Francis delivered a mass sermon in Casa Santa Marta where he stressed the significance of Christian history.

Perhaps the most attention grabbing statement the Pope made was that Jesus is not a superhero.

“...you cannot understand a Christian alone, just like you cannot understand Jesus Christ alone. Jesus Christ did not fall from the sky like a superhero who comes to save us. No. Jesus Christ has a history,” Pope Francis said.

The Pope said churches are where “Christian identity” is established reports Christian Today.

“Our Christian identity is belonging to the people: the Church. Without this, we are not Christians. We entered the Church through baptism: there we are Christians.”

“God has a history because he wanted to walk with us. And you cannot understand Jesus Christ without his history. So a Christian without history, without a Christian nation, a Christian without the Church is incomprehensible.”

Pope Francis assured listeners that Christians’ ultimate end is eternal life in heaven. And as Christians continue on their journeys, living with Jesus as a role model is important.

“Our mission as Christians is to conform ourselves evermore to Jesus as the model of our lives,” he said.

 

Publication date: May 16, 2014