In his Angelus, the pope said forgiving is “not a good deed that we can choose to do or not do” but “a fundamental condition for those who are Christians.”
During a trip to the Italian city of L'Aquila, Pope Francis participated in a centuries-old tradition established by Pope Celestine V in 1294.
Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries.
Showing and receiving God’s mercy are central aspects of Christian life – and everyone is in debt to God for the mercy he has already been shown, Pope Francis said during his general audience address Wednesday.
A Bishop from the West African country of Togo has faulted the justice system institutionalized by many nations in Africa describing it as “suffering justice” and proposed a legal system that is oriented toward social cohesion, “transformed by mercy.”
At a time when ordinary South Sudanese are looking at their political leaders to form the long-awaited unity government in just over a month, the Nairobi-based Apostolic Nuncio to the world’s newest nation has called on the people of God in South Sudan to seek lasting peace through the virtues of mercy, forgiveness, and love as indicators of strength over and above justice, or worse, the tendency to revenge.