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Year of Mercy Quote Number 62

“This is the very heart of the apostolic kerygma, in which divine mercy holds a central and fundamental place. It is ‘the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead’ (Evangelii Gaudium, 36), that first proclamation which ‘we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment’ (ibid., 164). Mercy ‘expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe’ (Misericordiae Vultus, 21), thus restoring his relationship with him. In Jesus crucified, God shows his desire to draw near to sinners, however far they may have strayed from him. In this way he hopes to soften the hardened heart of his Bride”.
Message of Pope Francis, Lent, 2016

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