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Church is like our widowed mother, pope says

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The Catholic church is like the widowed mother of Nain in today’s Gospel from Luke, Pope Francis tells us. According to Vatican Radio, the pope sees the church as a mother who protects her children so that she can bring them to Jesus, just as the woman from Nain brought to him her son who had died. He goes on to call her “an icon of the church, because the church is in a sense widow.”

Francis returns to mercy of God theme

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Pope Francis returned yet again to the theme of the endless mercy of God in his Sunday Angelus address. After six months, it's fair to say this theme rests at the heart of his pontificate.

In his very first Angelus March 17 at the Vatican's parish church of St. Anne's, he spoke of mercy: "For me, and I say this humbly, the strongest message of the Lord is mercy," he told the parishioners. On that day, he said God never stops forgiving, but people often stop going to God for forgiveness, adding that one should never stop asking for forgiveness as it is always given.

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