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Pope in Regina Coeli: Mercy is compassion. Not pietism or “welfare”

At the end of Sunday's Mass and before praying the Regina Coeli, the pope clearly indicated to Christians how to face the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The answer of Christians in the midst of the storms of life and history can only be mercy. It's not pietism, not welfare, but compassion, which comes from the heart.

The pope recalled that Easter in the Eastern Churches was celebrated a week after that in the Roman Catholic Church. He thanked Catholics from those regions for participating together with the Orthodox in ecumenical ceremonies for the Resurrection.

Javier Romero

Translation: Melissa Butz