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What 2 Things Does Francis Always Carry In His Pockets? (VIDEO)

Aleteia - published on 11/28/15

Pope shows what he carries to audience in Africa

Charming video of remarks made while in Kenya, covered here:

“How do we know that God Our Father is there in life’s tragedies? Men and women the world over ask themselves this question and they find no answer. There is no answer but there is one path: look at the Son of God! God gave His Son to save us all. God Himself became a tragedy and allowed Himself be destroyed on the cross. When you feel despair, look at the cross: that is where God’s destruction lies, but it is a challenge to our faith, hope! Because history did not end here, but with the resurrection that brought renewal to us all…In my pocket, I always carry two things with me: A rosary to pray and something else which may seem strange: the story of God’s failure. It is a mini Via Crucis,”he said pulling out a small book. “Jesus suffered, from the minute they sentenced him to death, to the moment he was buried. I do what I can with these two things, but thanks to them I never lose hope.”

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4)

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