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The pope spoke about doubt and the Church to an estimated 20,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 16
The ceremony, when a flame which the faithful believe sparks miraculously each year is brought from the tomb, marks the most important event in the Orthodox calendar
He explained that the day’s Gospel reminds us that the women disciples were the first to encounter Jesus after he rose from the dead
“Let the Church and the world rejoice, for today our hopes no longer come up against the wall of death”
Pope Francis asked people to remember the place where they came to know Jesus personally and to interiorly “return to that first encounter"