Pope Francis: ‘Sad People Are Not Christians’

ROME — The first Christians were not complainers, Pope Francis said Saturday, because “sad people are not Christians.”

“We think of the first Christians, who had everyone against them, who were persecuted and yet they didn’t complain about the world,” the pope told participants in an international conference on evangelization taking place in Rome.

“Let us not be infected by the defeatism that sees everything as going badly,” he continued. “This is not the thought of God. Sad people are not Christians.”

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