“Be Tender, As God Is Tender,” Pope Francis Tells Priests

Pope Francis in March 2013.  presidencia.gov.ar [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Leave the whip behind in the sanctuary,” Pope Francis told clergy gathered this week for retreat at the Roman Basilica of St. John Lateran. He challenged bishops, priests and deacons to mirror the tenderness of God in their ministries. They are called, the pope explained, to a ministry of tenderness which is “a divine grace.”Speaking about the tenderness of God, the pope recalled Deuteronomy 24—explaining that God, while acknowledging that men's hearts are hardened, nonetheless regards them … [Read more...]

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