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God always goes out to meet a repentant sinner, Pope tells Sunday audience

Catholic World News - September 13, 2010

"How can we not open our hearts to the certainty that, though sinners, we are loved by God?” asked Pope Benedict XVI at his Angelus audience on Sunday, September 12.

The Holy Father devoted most of his midday audience to a discussion of the Scripture readings from the day’s Mass, and especially the parable of the Prodigal Son. He noted that in that Gospel story, the father goes out to welcome his erring son, just as God welcomes the repentant sinner. In fact, the Pope observed, “when the elder son is offended by the festive welcome shown to his brother, it is again the father who goes out to meet him.”

The Pope concluded his audience with a request for prayers for the success of his pastoral visit to Great Britain.

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