By Hannah Brockhaus
Vatican City, - On Easter Monday, Pope
Francis stressed that Christ’s resurrection
calls each of us to bring the message of
Easter – a message of hope and life – to the
“There is life!” the Pope said April 17.
Now, following the Resurrection, “we will be
resurrection men and women, men and women of
We are called to show solidarity,
welcoming, and peace to people “in the midst
of events that afflict the world – there are
many today – in the midst of worldliness
that is distant from God,” he said.
These are only human signs that we can
give, he continued, but “inspired and
sustained by faith in the Risen Lord,” we
can gain effectiveness “well beyond our
Pope Francis gave his message Easter
Monday before leading pilgrims in the Regina
Coeli prayer from a window overlooking St.
It is customary for the Pope to lead this
traditional Marian prayer on the Monday
following Easter Sunday, also sometimes
called the “Monday of the Angel” for the
angel which announced Christ’s resurrection
to the women at the tomb.
During the fifty days of Easter, the
Regina Coeli will replace the usual
recitation of the Angelus on Sundays.
In the message of the Angel to the women
on Easter morning, “Go quickly and tell his
disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead,’” we
hear our directions as well, Pope Francis
said. The angel invites us as well to “act
quickly” and to go “proclaim to the men and
women of our time this message of joy and
This message is hopeful because on the
dawn of the third day, Jesus was risen from
the dead, therefore “the last word is not
death, but life! And this is our certainty.
The last word is not the grave, is not
death, it is life!”
And our Mother Mary can help us to live
this out, Francis said.
“The Virgin Mary, silent witness of the
death and resurrection of her son Jesus,
helps us to be clear signs of the risen
Christ among the events of the world.”
“Those who are in distress and
difficulties,” he explained, can “find in us
so many brothers and sisters who offer them
support and consolation.”
“And this is so because Christ is alive
and active in history through his Holy
Spirit, redeems our miseries, reaches every
human heart and gives hope to anyone who is
oppressed and suffering,” he said.
“Our Mother, help us to believe strongly
in the resurrection of Jesus: Jesus is
risen, he is alive here, among us, and this
is a wonderful mystery of salvation with the
ability to transform hearts and lives,” he
“And intercede in a particular way for
the Christian communities persecuted and
oppressed as they are today, in many parts
of the world, called to a difficult and