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Pope at General Audience: No One Is Excluded From God’s Mercy

Reflecting on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Stresses Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Are ‘Really Brothers,’ Have a ‘Common Mission’

No one is excluded from God’s mercy. No One.

Pope Francis stressed this during his General Audience this morning in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he reflected on this being the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, he reminded those gathered that all Christians are to transmit this mercy throughout the world.

The Pontiff explained that this year’s theme was drawn from the First Letter of Peter, in which Peter encourages the first Christians to acknowledge the great gift received in Baptism and to live in a way worthy of it.

Recalling that Peter tells them, ‘You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,’ Francis stresses that this week invites us to reflect on our ‘unity in Christ as God’s people.’

“All the baptized, reborn to new life in Christ, are brothers and sisters, despite our divisions,” he stressed.

Through Baptism, Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox, Francis stressed, are all brothers and are “God’s holy people.”

Together, he said, we are to rediscover how to transmit this mercy we received to others, especially the poor and abandoned.

Sharing in Baptism means having the awareness, he stressed, “that we are all sinners and we need to be saved, redeemed and freed from evil.”

“We Christians are able to announce to all the strength of the Gospel, committing ourselves to share the corporal and spiritual works of mercy,” that are  “a concrete sign of unity.”

Therefore, he continued, all Christians have a “common mission” to “transmit the mercy we’ve received to others.”

“Let all of us disciples of Christ,” Pope Francis urged, “find a way to collaborate to carry the Father’s mercy throughout all the world.”

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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