Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 18 November 2015 -
Pope Francis discusses the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy
during the general audience.
Pope Francis spoke about the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, which will begin on December 8th, during his general audience. He also mentioned the Holy Door, which will be opened during an official ceremony. The Pope added that all are welcome to God's mercy, and for that reason the Church must always keep all of its doors open to all, especially those who seek forgiveness and mercy.
SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
As the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy approaches, today we consider the great open door of God’s mercy, symbolized by the Holy Doors which will open in Churches throughout the world. The recent Synod of Bishops on the Family encouraged families in a particular way to enter this door of mercy and to open the doors of their hearts to others.
Jesus tells us that he stands knocking at our door, asking that we open it to him (Rev 3:20). How important it is for us to be good doorkeepers, capable of opening our doors and making our homes places of encounter and welcome, especially to our brothers and sisters in need! Jesus also tells us that he himself is the door (Jn 10:9) which leads to salvation; if we pass through him, we will find lasting security and freedom. As guardians of that door, we in the Church are called to be welcoming to all who seek to enter the fold of the Good Shepherd.
May the doors of our Christian homes be signs and symbols of the door of God’s mercy, a door ever open to all who knock and desire to meet Jesus.
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