“I’m going to tell you something private,” Pope Francis said to a crowd during his recent trip to Africa. “In my pocket, I always carry two things.”

First, he pulled out a rosary. “To pray,” he said.

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Second, he pulled out “something that seems odd.” He raised a small square item. “This here, in this item, is the history of God’s failure.”

“It’s the way of the cross. A small way of the cross.”

He opened the square like a little book and pointed to the small images inside. “As Jesus suffered, and when they condemned him, to where when he was buried.”

“With these two things,” he concluded, “I do the best I can. And thanks to these two things, I never lose hope.”

Here’s a video of Pope Francis showing the items and explaining their meaning:

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