Passport required for heaven: Pope Benedict
Pope Benedict has said that the gate may be narrow, but anybody can can get to heaven. However a passport is required, and it must be stamped with the virtues of humility, mercy and truth.
Zenit reports that the Holy Father used the metaphor before an audience at the Vatican on Sunday.
He said that Christ's message is that everybody has an equal chance of entering through the narrow gate. But he explained that the gate is narrow because "it is demanding, it requires commitment, self-denial and mortification of one's own egoism."
He added that "true friendship with Christ ... is expressed by one's way of life: it is expressed by goodness of heart, with humility, meekness and mercy, love of justice and truth, sincere and honest commitment to peace and reconciliation."
Get Your "Passport" Ready for Heaven, Says Pope (Zenit, 26/8/07)
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28 Aug 2007