Being a real Christian does not mean being a saint, but giving witness to Jesus in word and, especially, deed, Pope Francis told members of a parish on the eastern edge of Rome.
Spending more than three hours on Jan. 15 at the parish of St. Mary in the Setteville neighborhood, Pope Francis had the same basic message for the children and youths as he did for the parish as a whole: "Christian witness is done with three things: words, the heart and the hands."
In response to the questions of the parish young people, Pope Francis insisted, "If I say I am Catholic and go to Mass every Sunday with my parents, but I don't speak [about Jesus], I don't help my grandparents, don't help the poor, don't visit the sick, then it is not witness and it is useless."
"It is nothing other than being a parrot-Christian — words, words, words," he said. Christian witness requires action.
Source: Catholic News Service
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