(VIDEO ONLY) During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis explained why he decided to convene a Jubilee of Mercy. He said that the Church needed this extraordinary moment and that it could be a moment to experience the forgiveness of God in our lives.
The Pope also suggested that mercy is needed within institutions, especially the Church. He said that mercy must become more readily accessible to all.
SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:
"Dear Brothers and Sisters:
With the opening of the Holy Door yesterday in Saint Peter’s, we inaugurated the Jubilee of Mercy. This extraordinary Holy Year reminds us that, amid profound changes in our world, the Church is called to bear convincing witness to God’s mercy, which alone can triumph over human sin and bring true freedom.
God’s mercy, made present in our midst by the incarnation of his Son, is the very heart of the Gospel. This Year of Grace reminds us that mercy is what "pleases God most”, and that it has to find clear expression in our lives and in the Church’s structures. In today’s world, mercy and forgiveness often appear overwhelmed by self-interest, hedonism and venality, while in the Christian life they can be stifled by hypocrisy and worldliness. Forgetfulness of God’s mercy blinds us even to seeing sin for what it is. That is why this Holy Year of Mercy is so important.
Let us ask the Lord to make us ever more aware of his mercy at work in our lives and ever more effective in testifying to its transforming power in our world.”