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Fidelity and mercy are inseparable, Pope tells Curia and Vatican personnel

February 22, 2016

Pope Francis celebrated a special jubilee year Mass on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, for the staff of the Roman Curia, the Governorate of Vatican City State, and the institutions connected with the Holy See.

Preaching in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis called upon the curial and Vatican personnel to answer the question that Christ asked of Peter: “Who do you say that I am?” As he reflected on Ezekiel 34, the Pope called for “faithful, constant, unconditional dedication, so that even the weakest may be reached by [God’s] mercy.” 

The Pope went on to describe fidelity and mercy as an “inseparable duo. Where there is one, there is also the other, and in their own reciprocity and complementarity can be seen the very presence of the Good Shepherd.”

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