"Some people, even up to now, 50 years after [Vatican II], are still asking the question, 'Why does the church bother with the world?' "
When the Bible says, "though your sins be like scarlet" God will make them "white as snow," it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said.
"The Lord forgives generously," the pope said Tuesday during his early morning Mass. God never says, "'I will forgive you just this much, then we'll see about the rest.' No. The Lord always forgives everything."
"The Lord exaggerates. But it is the truth," the pope said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
Pope Francis on Tuesday approved a set of new legislative norms that formalize his moves to bring financial accountability and transparency to the Catholic church's central bureaucracy.
Distinctly Catholic: In Lent, the Gloria and Alleluia are suppressed in the liturgy, but there is nothing to prevent San Diegans from using these expressions of joy today.
Pope Francis has appointed an auxiliary bishop known for his focus on addressing poverty and stressing the role of mercy in church teaching as the new bishop of San Diego.
By listening to people's suffering, joys and daily endeavors, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, told an audience at The Catholic University of America.
The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.
The Vatican gendarmes, Swiss Guards and the Italian state police that patrol the perimeter of Vatican City State are always on high alert, said Domenico Giani, the commander of the gendarme and the pope's chief bodyguard.
A Roman Observer: Pope Benedict continues to receive praise for his courageous decision. But Pope Francis also deserves credit for the way this has played out.
Profit must never be a Christian's god, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effectiveness of business choices and the ability of a company to help workers feed their families, Pope Francis said.
"Money is the devil's dung," the pope said Saturday, quoting St. Francis of Assisi. "When money becomes an idol, it dictates people's choices."
As Pope Francis and Vatican officials try to revamp the Vatican's economic policies, differences of opinion are normal, but leaking documents is illegal, the Vatican spokesman said.