‘This aspect of mercy, inclusion, is manifested in opening one’s arms wide to receive without excluding, without classifying others on the basis of their social condition, language, race, culture or religion: before us there is only a person to be loved as God loves him.’

November 14, 2016 13:24

JUBILEE AUDIENCE: On Mercy & Dialogue

‘Dialogue pulls down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings; it creates bridges of communication, and does not allow for any one to be isolated, shut-in in his own small world.’

October 24, 2016 11:32


‘How many illusions are sold under the pretext of freedom and how many new slaves are created in our days in the name of a false liberty! – so many, many slaves: “I do this because I want to; I take drugs because I like to, I’m free, I do this other …” They are slaves! They become slaves in the name of freedom.’

September 12, 2016 19:29


‘When Jesus calls to conversion He does not erect Himself as a judge of persons, but does so beginning by closeness, by sharing the human condition; hence, of the street, of the home, of the table … Mercy towards all those in need of changing their life happened with His kind presence, to involve each one in His history of salvation.’

June 20, 2016 20:10

Summary of Jubilee Audience: On Piety

‘We are called to imitate the Lord’s “piety” towards those who cry out to him by rising above our indifference and isolation, and becoming more concerned for the needs of all our brothers and sisters.’

May 16, 2016 16:33

Jubilee Audience: On Piety

‘How often do we see people attached to cats ands dogs, who then leave their neighbor without helping him, the woman neighbor who is in need … This is not right.’

May 16, 2016 14:32


‘It is not the appearance that counts, but the capacity to stop and look at the face of the person who asks for help. Each one of us can ask him/herself: “Am I able to stop and look at the face, look in the eyes of the person that is asking me for help? Am I able to do so?’

April 11, 2016 19:54