Pope Francis: Fruit of service is peace (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted at 11:47)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 2
By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:
The religious ceremonies were held in the Catholic church in Baku as part of Pope Francis’s official visit to Azerbaijan Oct. 2.
Pope Francis delivered a speech and quoted from the Bible following the religious ceremonies.
Pope Francis called on people to strengthen their faith.
"Faith is the golden thread which binds us to the Lord, the pure joy of being with him, united to him,” he said. “It is a gift that lasts our whole life but bears fruit only if we play our part."
While citing the words of St. Mary, Pope Francis left a message to Baku’s believers.
"The fruit of faith is love,” he said. “The fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace."
He said that faith and service can not be separated; on the contrary, they are intimately linked.
“In order to explain this, I would like to take am image very familiar to you, that of a beautiful carpet,” he said. “Your carpets are true works of art and have an ancient heritage. Every carpet, and you know this well, must be made according to a weft and a warp; only with this form can the carpet be harmoniously woven.”