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Holy Father tells pilgrims at general audience: ‘God never disowns his children’

‘If we take him away, the lights go out and everything becomes fake,’ Holy Father says

‘God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging his people to victory, debasing them in the blood of his enemies,’ Pope Francis said

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 3

Egypt has the task of promoting a lasting peace that “rests not on the law of force but on the force of law”, the Pope said

Christians should always live in hope, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience

Francis held his final general audience before Easter

At his weekly general audience, the Pope told the faithful that hope is based on the word of God

During his general audience, Pope Francis urged pilgrims to welcome refugees

The Pope said that Scripture and prayer can give people the energy to help those in need

Pope Francis salutes the faithful upon his arrival in St. Peter's square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience

At his general audience, Francis also greeted a small group of Chinese pilgrims