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‘God is a communion of love,’ Pope tells pilgrims on Trinity Sunday

June 05, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: During his Angelus address on Trinity Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on John 3:16-18, the Gospel reading of the day, in which “the Son talks about his Father and his immense love.”

“Father and Son,” the Pope continued, evokes the “image of a family gathered around the table ... It is an image that speaks to us of a God of communion. Father, Son and Holy Spirit: communion.” The Sign of the Cross allows us to remember God’s all-enveloping love for us.

“Do we bear witness to God-as-love?” the Pope asked pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “If God is love, do our communities bear witness to this? ... Do we keep the door open always, do we know how to welcome everyone – and I emphasize, everyone – to welcome them as brothers and sisters?”

“God is love, God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and he gave his life for us, for this cross,” the Pope concluded. “And may Mary help us to live the Church as that home where one loves in a familiar way, to the glory of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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