Saskatoon StarPhoenix



Pope Francis is trying to energize Catholics, telling them to be active, help others, spread the faith, and that’s all good for cholestero­l levels, too.

Francis himself looked full of pep Sunday, a day after the 80-year-pontiff returned from a hectic trip to Egypt.

In St. Peter’s Square, he did a whirl in his Popemobile to greet some 70,000 members and supporters of Italian Catholic Action, a social-action group celebratin­g 150 years since its formation. The pope told the crowd his father and grandmothe­r had belonged to the group.

Then he said: “Don’t get comfortabl­e in your armchair; that makes you fat and is bad for the cholestero­l.” Instead, he urged them to take care of others, be merciful and keep “being a people of “disciples-missionari­es.”

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