The Year of Mercy is a time to end all family feuds, to forgive each other and let bygones be bygones, Pope Francis said in his weekly general audience yesterday, reports the Catholic News Service.
“I think about so many brothers and sisters who are estranged from their families; they don’t speak to each other,” he said at St Peter’s Square.
“This Year of Mercy is a good occasion to meet up again, to embrace each other and forgive each other, to leave bad things behind,” he said.
The Pope continued a series of talks dedicated to divine mercy, looking specifically at how God has always been faithful and merciful toward his people.
God never ignored the Israelites’ cry of suffering and he sent Moses as a “mediator” on his behalf to free his people and lead them to salvation, the Pope said.
“We can do this work, too, during this Year of Mercy, of being mediators of mercy with works of mercy” that bring people together, foster unity and offer people comfort and relief, he said. There are “so many good things people can do.”
“Mercy can never remain indifferent before the suffering of the oppressed, the cry of those who are exposed to violence, reduced to slavery, condemned to die,” he said.
In remarks to pilgrims from Iraq and other nations in the Middle East, Pope Francis again highlighted that God is not deaf to the plight of those facing “injustice and persecution.”
God always “intervenes and gives, with his mercy, salvation and assistance,” the Pope said. “He practices patience with the sinner in order to bring about conversion and he seeks the lost until they return because he ‘wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth’.”
Photo: Circus members greet Pope Francis after their performance during the Pope’s general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday.