Many forces have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church,
from without as well as within,
but they themselves are destroyed and the Church
remains alive and fruitful…
She remains inexplicably solid…
kingdoms, peoples, cultures, nations,
ideologies, powers have passed,
but the Church, founded on Christ,
notwithstanding the many storms and our many sins,
remains ever faithful to the deposit of faith
shown in service;
for the Church does not belong to
popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful;
the Church in every moment belongs
solely to Christ.
—POPE FRANCIS, Homily, June 29th, 2015




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