A screenshot from the television broadcast of Pope Francis' Regina Coeli address at the Vatican today.
Today Pope Francis prayed the Regina Coeli with pilgrims
gathered in St. Peter’s Square, then delivered a brief address from the balcony
of the apostolic palace. Vatican
Radio’s translation of the address is below.
Brothers and Sisters,
Easter to you all! Thank you for coming today, in such large numbers, to share
the joy of Easter, the central mystery of our faith. Let us pray that the power
of the resurrection of Christ might reach everyone - especially those who
suffer - and every place that is in need of trust and hope.
has conquered evil fully and finally, but it is up to us, to people in every
age, to embrace this victory in our lives and in the realities of history and
society. For this reason it seems important to point out that today we ask God
in the liturgy: “O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring,
grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives to the Sacrament they
have received in faith.” (Collect for Monday in the Octave of Easter).
the Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to
Christ, must become life. That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes,
behaviors, actions and choices. The grace contained in the Sacraments Easter is
an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well
as for social relations. Nevertheless, everything passes through the human
heart: if I allow myself to be reached by the grace of the risen Christ, if I
let that grace change for the better whatever is not good in me, [to change
whatever] might do harm to me and to others, then I allow the victory of Christ
to affirm itself in in my life, to broaden its beneficial action. This is the
power of grace! Without grace we can do nothing without grace we can do
nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion can become an instrument
of God's mercy that beautiful mercy of God.
To express in our lives the sacrament we have received: behold, dear
brothers and sisters, our daily work and, I would say, our daily joy! The joy
of being instruments of the grace of Christ, as branches of the vine which is
Christ himself, inspired by the sustaining presence of His Spirit! We pray
together, in the name of the dead and risen Lord, and through the intercession
of Mary Most Holy, that the Paschal mystery might work deeply in us and in our
time, in order that hatred give way to love, lies to the truth, revenge to
forgiveness, sadness to joy.