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Why Pope Francis has convened an Extraordinary Holy Year dedicated to Mercy

2015-03-13

A few days after his election, during the first Angelus of his pontificate, the Pope spoke about mercy.

POPE FRANCIS
Angelus, March 17, 2013 
"Feeling mercy. This word changes everything. This is the best thing we can feel: it changes the world.”

And to change the world, Pope Francis wants to reiterate the meaning of the word. Mercy is God's invitation to the men who have been wrong to return to Him. And mercy, says the Pope, is what the world needs now.

POPE FRANCIS
Angelus, January 11, 2015
"There is so much need of mercy today, and it is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth! We are living in the age of mercy, this is the age of mercy.”

Francis chose 'Miserando atque eligendo' as the motto for his coat of arms. It means: "By having mercy and by choosing.”

In the programmatic document of his pontificate, "Evangelii Gaudium,” Pope Francis uses the word 31 times.

It is no coincidence that Pope Francis decided to announce this Holy Year at a ceremony dedicated to confession, the sacrament of forgiveness and mercy.


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