Monday, January 11, 2016

Pope Francis' Book on Mercy Comes Out in the Holy Year

Pope Francis
Artwork © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

Pope Francis, in a book-length interview, given in last June to Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, tells how how the Catholic Church in this modern day needs to follow Jesus' example of mercy, reports the National Catholic Reporter. 

On the occasion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the interview has been put into a book, called The Name of God Is Mercy, is to be released tomorrow, January 12.  It will be published in 86 countries in about 20 languages. 

 The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with Pope Francis' teaching on the mercy of God rather than being hypocritical by emphasizing on strict adherence to Church teaching over the practice of mercy. The second part deals with Pope Francis' own encounters with mercy. The third part  explains the pope's own words "Who am I to judge?"

The interview ends with Pope Francis reflecting on the traditional spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  

"By welcoming a marginalized person whose body is wounded and by welcoming the sinner whose soul is wounded, we put our credibility as Christians on the line," says Pope Francis. "Let us always remember the words of Saint John of the Cross: 'In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.'"

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