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2014-01-03

The Gospel must be spread with sweetness and the love of God, the Pope said, during a Mass he celebrated at the Church of Jesus in Rome, with fellow Jesuits.

POPE FRANCIS
"I think about the temptation, that we may have, or many others have, to announce the Gospel with 'inquisitional beatings,' with condemnation. No! The Gospel must be announced with sweetness, with fraternity, with love!”

The Mass was a thanksgiving of sorts, for the recent canonization of Peter Faber, on December 17. The new saint is one of the co-founders of Society of Jesus, and its first priest. Not surprisingly, his canonization was met with joy throughout the Jesuit community.

ADOLFO NICOLAS
Superior General, Society of Jesus
"I want to thank him, particularly, for the joy in which this canonization took place. When the Holy Father signed the decree, he called me on the phone right away to tell me: 'I have just singed the decree.'”

This is the second time Pope Francis celebrated Mass at this church as Pope. The first was during the liturgical feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, on July 31.


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