Prayer from Pope Francis

In this night, the Church's voice rings out: "Christ, my hope, is risen!" This is a different "contagion," a message transmitted from heart to heart -- for every human heart awaits this Good News. It is the contagion of hope: "Christ, my hope, is risen!"

This is no magic formula that makes problems vanish. No, the resurrection of Christ is not that. Instead, it is the victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not "by-pass" suffering and death, but passes through them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil into good; this is the unique hallmark of the power of God. Let us turn our gaze to him that he may heal the wounds of an afflicted humanity.  .....Pope Francis

Presented to a City and World from an Empty St. Peter's Square