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Deepen your commitment to express mercy, Pope tells jubilee pilgrims

February 22, 2016

On February 20, Pope Francis held his second special monthly Saturday audience for pilgrims who have come to Rome for the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy.

“In this Holy Year of Mercy, and in a particular way in this Lenten season, the Church invites us to deepen our commitment to express God’s mercy in every aspect of our daily lives,” Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, in the words of the official English-language synthesis of his remarks.

“Such faithful Christian witness is our way of responding to God’s prior commitment to us, as expressed not only in his gift of creation, but above all in the sending of his Son,” he continued. “In Jesus, God committed himself to offering hope and redemption to the poor, the sick, sinners and all those in need. Jesus Christ is the living expression of God’s mercy.”

“As Christians, we are called to bear witness to the Gospel message of hope and solidarity,” the Pope added. “May this Jubilee help us better to appreciate God’s commitment to us in Christ, and in turn to reflect in our lives his merciful love for all.”


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