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People wait for Pope Francis' arrival at an encounter outside the shrine of St. Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Beatitudes are not cheap words for those who think they know it all yet do not commit to faith; they are the fruit of a hopeful heart that yearns for peace and happiness, Pope Francis said.

Christ’s response to the longings and aspirations of those seeking a life of happiness are not a “product of those prophets of doom who seek only to spread dismay” or “mirages that promise happiness with a single ‘click,’ in the blink of any eye,” the pope said Tuesday, celebrating his first public Mass in Chile.

“The Beatitudes are born of the compassionate heart of Jesus, which encounters the hearts of men and women seeking and yearning for a life of happiness,” he said.

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