Hostility and conflict are devil’s fruit, Pope tells Vatican police

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Pope Francis kisses the altar as he celebrates Mass for the Vatican Police, known as the Gendarme, in the Lourdes Grotto of the Vatican Gardens on October 2, 2021. Hostility, strife, la war are all the fruit of the devil, the Pope told Vatican police in his homily. CNS Photo / Vatican Media

The devil’s mission is to destroy all peace and harmony in people’s lives and relationships, Pope Francis said in a mass homily with members of the Vatican police.

“The devil is always against humanity because of envy”, and it is he who causes hostility and conflicts, said the Pope during the mass to celebrate Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint police, said the gendarme.

While the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is on September 29, the Pope celebrated mass on October 2 in the Vatican gardens in a replica of the grotto in Lourdes, France. The Vatican released the full text of the Pope’s homily on October 4.

The existence of the devil and his power are real, the Pope said, and watch how many times people yell at each other or how many times there is a loss of coolness, stillness and “harmony”.

“Who is planting this? The devil, he said. “Wars are the fruit of the devil, I’m not afraid to say it.”

“This is the devil’s ‘mission’: to destroy the harmony, to destroy the beauty that God has created for us,” said the Pope. “This is why Jesus came, to give his own life to solve this problem and to defeat the devil on the cross.”

But even after the fall from original sin, the Pope said: God “has not left us alone. He gave us the angels who accompany us “throughout our lives as a traveling companion” to defend us “from the” politics “of destruction of the devil.

People should remember to pray to their guardian angel, he said, and they should thank God for this gift and for the brave leader of this army of angels – Saint Michael.

Saint Michael’s final and victorious battle with the devil, as described in the book of Revelation, is a reminder of his own daily struggle in life and the need to fight, he said.

Living a Christian life is not easy, he said. “There are always difficulties” – in family, with relatives or at work – which are there to divide people “and to sow evil”.

In those days, he said, “let us pray to Saint Michael, who always beats the devil”, to his guardian angel for his protection and to God for “the grace of understanding that life is a struggle; when there is no struggle “, there is no life because” the dead do not fight. The living are still struggling.

Alongside the most famous Swiss Guards, the gendarmerie corps, made up of around 130 men, is responsible for papal security, crowd control in St. Peter’s Square and security, public order in the Vatican.

Key words: Mission du diable, gendarmerie corps, Saint-Michel, Swiss guards, Vatican police

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