The Pope has urged Christians not to ‘bury hope’ as Malta celebrates Easter Sunday.
He carried a lit candle up the main aisle of St Peter’s Basilica during the poignant Easter service at the Vatican.
At the chant in Latin for ‘light of Christ’, the basilica’s lights were suddenly switched on and Pope Francis then reached the central altar to celebrate Easter vigil mass.
Pope Francis told the congregation: ‘Don’t bury hope.
He noted that when things go badly ‘we lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life’.
After this, he warned: ‘We become cynical, negative and despondent.
‘Sin seduces. It promises things easy and quick, 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.
‘Why not prefer Jesus, the true light, to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure?’
On Sunday, Francis will celebrate Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square.
Easter processions will be held across Malta on Sunday morning in:
- St Julian’s
- San Gwann
Easter processions will take place on Sunday morning in Gozo in: