pope Francis also urged believers to spend more time talking to their family.
Guidonia, (Italy): Pope Francis admitted on Sunday to sometimes having “darkness” cloud his own faith while warning against “Christian parrots” who pay lip service to the church without acting on its values.
“At certain times, I have also encountered moments of darkness in my faith and that faith decreased a lot, but with a little bit of time we rediscover it,” the Pointiff told parishioners after saying mass in a village near Rome.
“Some days we can’t see faith, everything is in darkness.”
“Yesterday, for example, I christened 13 children in areas devastated by earthquakes and there was a father who had lost his wife, and we ask ourselves if this man can have faith.
“We understand that there is darkness, we must respect this darkness of the soul. We don’t study to get faith, we receive it like a gift.”
Francis also urged believers to spend more time talking to their family. “If I say I’m Catholic and every Sunday I go to mass but then I don’t talk to my parents, I don’t help my grandparents, the poor, I don’t visit the sick, then there’s no point,” said Francis.
“In that way, we’re nothing but a Christian parrot: words, words, words.”
On Sunday, the Pope demanded that “every possible measure” be taken to protect young refugees as he marked the church’s World Day of Migrants a day after the latest Mediterranean migrant shipwreck.
Italy’s coast guard said only four people survived the sinking of a migrant ship off Libya’s coast on Saturday.
An estimated 100 people were aboard and only eight bodies have been recovered. The Pope recalled that the theme of this year's migrant day message concerned the vulnerability of young migrants, “our young brothers” whom often flee home alone and face “so many dangers.” He said: “We must adopt every possible measure to guarantee young migrants protection and defense, as well as integration.”