Vatican City, 10 April 2013 (VIS) – The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis of this Wednesday's general audience to the salvific importance of Jesus' resurrection. After traversing St. Peter's Square in the open-top car, greeting the thousands of persons applauding his appearance, the Pope explained that the Christian faith “is based upon Christ's death and resurrection just like a house is built on its foundations. If those give way, the whole house topples. On the cross, Jesus offers himself, taking our sins upon himself and descending into the abyss of death, defeating it by his resurrection, eliminating it and opening the way to be reborn to new life.”
Bill Morris, Emeritus Bishop of Toowoomba, Queensland from an address given for WATAC (Women and the Australian Church) given in the theatrette of the NSW Parliament on 26th March 2013. Unfortunately due to a tape malfunction the last few minutes of this address was lost. Catholica has published the transcript of Bishop Morris's closing words here
"What do you think will happen with this Pope?
He's going to turn things around like John XXIII. He has already started making gestures. The first, which had an impact on those who saw it, was when he went out on the balcony in his white caplet and said: "Before giving you the blessing, I'm going to ask you to give it to me." He turned it around, put the people ahead of power. That was in Vatican II."