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What is the most shocking event in human history? The Resurrection of Christ, said Pope Francis on Easter Monday.

Before praying the Regina Coeli in Saint Peter’s Square on Easter Monday, the Holy Father reflected on the salvific significance of Easter.

“What was humanly unthinkable happened. ‘Christ, my hope, is risen!’ And in Him we too are resurrected, passing from death to life, from the slavery of sin to the freedom of love.”

Addressing the crowd of Faithful from the window of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis called the resurrection “the most shocking event in human history.”

“Let us therefore allow ourselves to be touched by the consoling message of Easter and be enveloped by its glorious light, which dispels the darkness of fear and sadness. The risen Jesus walks beside us. He manifests Himself to those who call on Him and who love Him.”

Christ’s Resurrection gives us a “rock-sold foundation” in our hope of life, “attesting to the victory of God’s Love over sin and death.”

“Let us ask the Virgin Mary to help us draw with full hands the gifts of peace and serenity of the Risen One, and to share them with our brothers and sisters, especially with those who most need comfort and hope.”

You can read Pope Francis’ full Easter Monday address here.

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