Pope Francis: Christian Life Is ‘a Battle Against the Spirit of Evil’

Pope Francis: Christian Life Is ‘a Battle Against the Spirit of Evil’


ROME — The life of a Christian, like the life of Jesus, is a constant struggle against the seductions of Satan, Pope Francis told pilgrims in the Vatican Sunday.

“Christ’s entire ministry is a struggle against the Evil One in its many manifestations: healing from illnesses, exorcising the possessed, forgiving sins,” the pope said before his weekly Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square. “It is a struggle.”

The pope was reflecting on the Gospel of the day, which recounts Christ’s temptations in the desert prior to his public ministry.

“The Holy Spirit descended upon Him immediately after the baptism He received from John in the River Jordan,” Francis said. “The same Spirit now impels Him to go into the desert, to face the tempter, to combat the devil.”

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The desert is a place of detachment, where God speaks to the heart, the pontiff said, “but it is also the place

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