Sin promises things easily but leaves behind only solitude and death’, Pope Francis tells Christians during Easter vigil

The Pope encourages people to reject the ‘glitter of wealth’ during Easter vigil at the Vatican

  • Pope Francis gave the speech to up to 80,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica 
  • He said: ‘Sin promises things easily but leaves behind only solitude and death’
  • ‘Why not prefer Jesus, the true light, to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure?’ 

Pope Francis encouraged people reject the ‘glitter of wealth’ and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in ‘things that pass away’ at an Easter vigil in St Peter’s Basilica.

At the vigil, held yesterday in Vatican City, he said: ‘Do not bury hope!

‘We lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life.

Pope Francis encouraged people to 'reject the glitter of wealth' during an Easter vigil at St Peter's basilica in Vatican City

Pope Francis encouraged people to ‘reject the glitter of wealth’ during an Easter vigil at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican City

‘We become cynical, negative and despondent.’

For Christians Easter is typically a day of joy and hope as they mark their belief that Jesus triumphed over death by resurrection following crucifixion.

Pope Francis said: ‘Sin seduces. It promises things easily and quickly, prosperity and success, but leaves behind only solitude and death.

‘Sin is looking for life among the dead, for the meaning of life in things that pass away.’

He went on to say: ‘Why not prefer Jesus, the true light, to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure?’

At the start of the ceremony yesterday, Pope Francis, dressed in white robes, slowly carried a lit candle up the aisle of a darkened St Peter's Basilica

At the start of the ceremony yesterday, Pope Francis, dressed in white robes, slowly carried a lit candle up the aisle of a darkened St Peter’s Basilica
Eight adults, from Italy, Albania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Peru, were baptised by the pope during the Mass

Eight adults, from Italy, Albania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Peru, were baptised by the pope during the Mass
He poured holy water over the bowed heads of all of them

He poured holy water over the bowed heads of all of them

At the start of the ceremony yesterday, Pope Francis, dressed in white robes, slowly carried a lit candle up the aisle of a darkened St Peter’s Basilica.

At the chant in Latin for ‘light of Christ’, the basilica’s lights were suddenly switched on in a dramatic tradition.

The basilica, which can hold up to 80,000 people, was filled with cardinals, diplomats, pilgrims and tourists.

Among them were eight adults who were baptised by the pope during the Mass.

The Vatican said these new faithful are from Italy, Albania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Peru.

Pope Francis said: 'Sin seduces. It promises things easily and quickly, prosperity and success, but leaves behind only solitude and death'

Pope Francis said: ‘Sin seduces. It promises things easily and quickly, prosperity and success, but leaves behind only solitude and death’
At the chant in Latin for 'light of Christ', the basilica's lights were suddenly switched on in a dramatic tradition

At the chant in Latin for ‘light of Christ’, the basilica’s lights were suddenly switched on in a dramatic tradition

From a shell-shaped silver dish, Pope Francis poured holy water over the bowed heads of the three men and five women, after they walked up to him, one by one, and listened to him calling their first names.

On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in the late morning in St Peter’s Square and gives a speech from the basilica balcony.

Known by its Latin name ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (to the city and to the world), the speech is an occasion to reflect on the world’s war-ravaged and other tense spots while paying tribute to Catholics’ practising their faith sometimes in the face of persecution or other difficulties.

The basilica was filled with cardinals, diplomats, pilgrims and tourists who were there to listen to the wisdom of Pope Francis

The basilica was filled with cardinals, diplomats, pilgrims and tourists who were there to listen to the wisdom of Pope Francis
Easter is a holiday that symbolises hope in Christianity as the supposed resurrection of Jesus signifies an immortal life in God's presence

Easter is a holiday that symbolises hope in Christianity as the supposed resurrection of Jesus signifies an immortal life in God’s presence
Pope Francis told the congregation of up to 80,000 people: 'Why not prefer Jesus, the true light, to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure?'

Pope Francis told the congregation of up to 80,000 people: ‘Why not prefer Jesus, the true light, to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure?’
Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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