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Pope Francis reflects again this week on the Communion of Saints from the Creed and stresses the importance of participating in the spiritual goods of the Church

Pope Francis at the general audience on Wednesday continued his catechesis on the Creed, focusing again this week on the Communion of Saints. The Holy Father reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order to grow closer to God as a community in charity. “Living Communion in charity means not looking for one’s own interest, but rather to be capable of sharing the joys and sufferings of brethren; to be capable of carrying one another’s burdens,” the pope said. He also spoke of the three spiritual treasures we get from growing in communion with Christ and with the members of his body, the Church. They are: the sacraments, charisms and charity.
Below is the English summary of the Pope's catechesis read by a speaker at the audience
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Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Creed, we now reflect on “the communion of saints” as a communion not only of persons but also of spiritual goods. Through our sharing in those goods, we grow in communion with Christ and with the members of his body, the Church. Today let us consider three of these spiritual treasures: the sacraments, charisms and charity. In the sacraments, we encounter Christ in all his saving power, are confirmed in the joy of faith, and sent forth to share with others the joy of salvation. Through the variety of charisms, the spiritual gifts and graces bestowed by the Holy Spirit, we help to build up the Church in unity, holiness and service. In charity, all these spiritual gifts find their fulfilment; everything is ordered to our growth in God’s love. Let us ask the Lord to increase our communion in these spiritual goods, so that we can live ever more fully our Christian vocation in union with him and as joyful signs of his saving love, present and at work in our midst.


I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience, including those from England and Wales, Ireland, Denmark, Australia, Japan and the United States. In a special way I greet the priests from England celebrating the anniversaries of their ordination. I also thank the choirs present for their praise of God in song. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace!


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