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Pope Francis Speaks of Godís Mercy at First Sunday Angelus
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/17/13 | Madeleine Teahan

Posted on 03/17/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT by marshmallow

Pope Francis made the power of God’s mercy his central message this morning as he celebrated Mass at Sant’Anna church in Vatican City and delivered his first Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.

During his homily at the local church, Pope Francis said: “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message.

“If we are like the Pharisee before the altar, who said: ‘Thank you, Lord, for not making me like all the other men, and especially not like that fellow at the door, like that publican’… well, then we do not know the heart of the Lord, and we shall not ever have the joy of feeling this mercy.

“It is not easy trust oneself to the mercy of God, because His mercy is an unfathomable abyss – but we must do it!”

He said that God “has the ability to forget… He kisses you, He embraces you, and He says to you: ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now, on, sin no more.’ Only that counsel does He give you.

“We ask for the grace of never tiring of asking pardon, for He never tires of pardoning.”

The Pope greeted excited crowds after the Mass outside the church, with some chanting “Francesco! Francesco!”.

Later, he delivered his first Angelus address to an estimated 300,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: argentina; conclave; popefrancis; romancatholicism

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