Christians are called to follow the example of St Therese of Lisieux, who helped draw people to Jesus by way of attraction, not by proselytising, Pope Francis said.
She was a reminder that an authentic witness is proclaimed through a union with Christ “in prayer, adoration and in concrete charity, which is serving Jesus, who is present in the least of our brothers and sisters,” he said during his weekly general audience on 5th October.
Among the estimated 25,000 in St Peter’s Square were 33 former prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp, whom he greeted after the audience and posed for pictures.
Addressing the former prisoners and Polish pilgrims present, he said the day’s feast of St Faustina Kowalska “reminded the world that God is rich in mercy and that his love is more powerful than death, than sin and every evil.”
In his main audience talk, Pope Francis reflected on his visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, which took place from 30th Sept. 30 to 2nd October, which, along with his visit in June to Armenia, fulfilled his desire to encourage the Catholic communities in the Caucasus region, he said.
Picture: Pope Francis greets pilgrims from China during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 5th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).