Mercy is God’s caress

An invitation from Pope Francis
to be God’s mercy in the world

“I want to appeal to all men and women of good will all around the world for a work of mercy to be done in each town, in each diocese, in each association. We, men and women, need God’s mercy, but we also need each other’s mercy.

We need to take each other’s hand, caress each other, take care of each other and not make so many wars. I am looking here at the dossier prepared by Aid to the Church in Need, a papal foundation, to carry out works of mercy in the whole world. I trust Aid to the Church in Need with this work… I also entrust them to carry on the spirit they have inherited from Father Werenfried van Straaten who had the vision at the right time to carry out in the world these gestures of closeness, of proximity, of goodness, of love and of mercy.

So I invite all of you, together with Aid to the Church in Need, to do, everywhere in the world, a work of mercy but one that stays, a permanent work of mercy; a structure for so many needs that there are today in the world. I thank you for everything you do. And do not be afraid of mercy: mercy is God’s caress.”

— Pope Francis

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