At 1st Angelus audience, Pope speaks on God's infinite mercy
CWN - March 18, 2013
At his first Angelus audience, Pope Francis assured the faithful crowded into St. Peter’s Square that “the Lord never tires of forgiving us.”
The new Pope offered a brief reflection on the day’s Gospel, which recounted the story of Christ’s saving the woman caught in adultery. The incident highlights God’s mercy, the Pope said. He recalled a conversation with an elderly woman in Buenos Aires, who said: “If the Lord didn’t forgive everyone, the world would not exist.” Pope Francis related: “I wanted to ask her: 'Tell me, have you studied at the Gregorian?'” Her comment, he said, showed “the wisdom that the Holy Spirit gives: the inner wisdom of God’s mercy.”
The Pope’s midday audience was brief, lasting just about 15 minutes. He spoke only in Italian, but peppered his remarks with light-hearted digressions, earning appreciative cheers from the enormous crowd that had gathered for a first glimpse at the new Pontiff.
As he concluded his remarks, Pope Francis sent the people home with a directive: “Have a good Sunday, and enjoy your lunch.”
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