Pope Francis asks for courage in sharing Christ
Pope Francis called for courage from the faithful in a Mass with cardinals in the Sistine Chapel today.
He warned that believers trying to do God's work in the world without reference to the cross of Jesus would be "mundane".
A Church that does not confess Christ, he said, would become nothing more than a "compassionate NGO".
"What would happen would be like when children make sand castles and then it all falls down," he said.
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The Mass was held on his first full day as Pope after being elected on Wednesday.
He told the cardinals who elected him: "I would like all of us … to have courage to walk in the presence of God, with the cross of God, and build the Church on the blood that Jesus Christ spilt on the cross."
A Church that had the courage to confess the glory of Jesus Christ crucified would "carry on", he added.