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Pope: ‘A lot of Catholics think they are perfect and they despise others, and this is sad’

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

Pope Francis General Audience May 10, 2017 © Antoine Mekary / ALETEIA

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 08/09/17

The Holy Father had some pointed comments to make during today’s General Audience, which focused on mercy and forgiveness:

Francis closed his address telling pilgrims that it would do them well to think about how “God did not choose people who have never done wrong as the first dough to form his Church.” Rather, “the Church is a people of sinners who experience the mercy and forgiveness of God,” he said, adding that St. Peter understood the truth about himself when the cock crowed, instead of his generous works, “which swelled his chest, making him feel superior to others.” The Church is not for the perfect, but for sinners, he said, adding in off-the-cuff remarks that he can think of “a lot of Catholics who think they are perfect and they despise others, (and) this is sad.” “We are all poor sinners in need of God’s mercy, which has the strength to transform us and radiate hope to us every day,” Pope Francis said. And to the people who understand this, “God gives the most beautiful mission in the world, which is to tell of his love for their brothers and sisters, and the announcement of a mercy that he does not deny to anyone.”

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