Pope Francis’ First Angelus

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Pope Francis gave his first Angelus today.

Here are quotes from Vatican radio:

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast his stone.” “He has come for us,” said Pope Francis in his homily, “when we recognize that we are sinners.”
Mercy, in fact, was the key lesson and the Good News proclaimed this Sunday. “Mercy,” said Pope Francis, “is the Lord’s most powerful message.” Speaking without a prepared text, Pope Francis said, “If we are like the Pharisee before the altar, [who said], ‘Thank you, Lord, for not making me like all the other men, and especially not like that fellow at the door, like that publican…,’ well, then we do not know the heart of the Lord, and we shall not ever have the joy of feeling this mercy.”
Pope Francis went on to say, “It is not easy trust oneself to the mercy of God, because [His mercy] is an unfathomable abyss – but we must do it!” Pope Francis continued, “He has the ability to forget, [which is] special: He forgets [our sins], He kisses you, He embraces you, and He says to you, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now, on, sin no more.’ Only that counsel does He give you.” Pope Francis concluded, saying, “We ask for the grace of never tiring of asking pardon, for He never tires of pardoning.” (Read more here.)

Zenit has an English translation of the entire homily. Go here to read it. 

  • http://reluctantliberal.wordpress.com Reluctant Liberal

    This is completely unrelated, but I stumbled across this website and thought you might be interested:

    http://gateway.okhistory.org/

    Maybe it takes a history nerd to get excited about newspapers that are more than 100 years old, but I figured I’d throw it out there.

    • abb3w

      Or other more general types of nerd, with at least passing interest in history. The piece here (continues on to the first part of the next page) gives some interesting contrast about attitudes toward Catholics and to public education.

      I’d expect there’s likely a lot of interesting material buried in there.


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