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Pope Francis, exactly one month after the colon surgery, returns to the faithful. In fact, he arrived in the Paul VI Hall for the general audience. These Wednesday meetings were normally suspended in the month of July, which the Pope dedicated to his ‘vacation’ period at Casa Santa Marta. This year the month of rest coincided with the convalescence after the surgery on 4 July and the subsequent hospitalization at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome.
“One cannot negotiate with the truth of the Gospel”, “one does not compromise: faith in Jesus is not a commodity to be bargained for. It is salvation, it is encounter, it is redemption, it is not sold cheap”, underlined Pope Francis in the general audience resuming, after the July break, the catecheses dedicated to the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians. The Pope stressed that the “key word” of the Gospel is “freedom”. “The novelty of the Gospel is a radical novelty, it is not a passing novelty, there are no fashionable Gospels”. Then the Pope stressed that “we see, even today, some movement that preaches the Gospel in its own way but then exaggerates and reduces the whole Gospel to the movement. But this is not the Gospel of Christ, it is the Gospel of the founder or of the foundress. . It may help in the beginning but then it bears no fruit. “