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Mercy is not ‘do-goodism,’ says Cardinal Parolin

March 09, 2016

In a preface to a new book on mercy and Roman saints, the Vatican’s Secretary of State emphasized that “mercy is not ‘do-goodism,’ simply because it is not our work.”

“The Holy Father never tires of reminding us that we will be judged on these works of mercy, flowing from a profound interior renewal and not accomplished through legalism,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin wrote. “Humility and mercy become the style of announcing the Good News in our life, because Christianity is a story of men and women, and not a list of concepts.”

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