On Saturday, Pope Francis held the second of his “Jubilee audiences” — a general audience that during this Year of Mercy will be held one Saturday a month.
Here is the English-language summary of his address:
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Dear Brothers and Sisters: In this Holy Year of Mercy, and in a particular way in this Lenten season, the Church invites us to deepen our commitment to express God’s mercy in every aspect of our daily lives. Such faithful Christian witness is our way of responding to God’s prior commitment to us, as expressed not only in his gift of creation, but above all in the sending of his Son. In Jesus, God committed himself to offering hope and redemption to the poor, the sick, sinners and all those in need. Jesus Christ is the living expression of God’s mercy. As Christians, we are called to bear witness to the Gospel message of hope and solidarity. May this Jubilee help us better to appreciate God’s commitment to us in Christ, and in turn to reflect in our lives his merciful love for all.
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from Scotland, Norway and Latvia. With prayerful good wishes that the present Jubilee of Mercy will be a moment of grace and spiritual renewal for you and your families, I invoke upon all of you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you all![Original text: English]