New Beatitudes from Pope require new energy and new commitment

New Beatitudes from Pope Francis have been added to those described by Jesus.

The Beatitudes are the saints’ “identity cards” said Pope Francis. They were the subject of his homily in the Mass he celebrated in Sweden on All Saints Day.

He went on to say the best description of the saints  is found in the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus begins, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

Francis then introduced six new Beatitudes. These relate to modern Christian practice, he said. In his view new situations (such as the world today) need new energy and new commitment.

As Christians, he said we are expected “to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus.”

His Beatitudes include blessings on those who remain faithful and forgiving even when being victimised, people who connect with the marginalised and abandoned, those who see God in others, those who pray for full communion between Christians and people who take care of our environment.



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