31 Mar '13, 12am

Pope Francis (@Pontifex) appeals to non-believers to "step forward" towards God at first Easter vigil

Pope Francis (@Pontifex) appeals to non-believers to "step forward" towards God at first Easter vigil

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis appealed to non-believers and lapsed Catholics to "step forward" towards God at his first Easter vigil on Saturday in St Peter's Basilica in which he also baptised four adult converts. "If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms," said the 76-year-old Argentine pope, the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years. "If you have been indifferent, take a risk - you won't be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don't be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you," the pope said. The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, formerly archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio, also told thousands of worshippers at the grandiose mass not to "lose confidence".

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