- May 26, 2020
In his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis said that Christians are called to follow the example of St. Therese of Lisieux and draw people to faith in Christ by the power of attraction, not through proselytism, and also reflected on his trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan.
As the Syrian government and its Russian allies unleash a major assault on Aleppo, Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the fresh violence, expressing “deep pain and strong worry for what’s happening” and saying he’s united in suffering through prayer and spiritual closeness” with Aleppo’s people.
“If God has forgiven me, why shouldn’t I forgive others? Am I greater than God?” Pope Francis said during his General Audience on Wednesday, Sept. 21, underlining that “judging and condemning one’s brother who sins is wrong.”
“Jesus was not a prince,” Pope Francis said during his Wednesday General Audience on Sept. 14. “It is awful for the church when pastors become princes, far from the people, far from the poorest people. That is not the spirit of Jesus.”
Those who object to Jesus’ mercy toward sinners often create an “image of God that impedes them from enjoying his real presence,” Pope Francis said Sept. 7 at his weekly general audience, as he nears the end of his jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Vatican has sent a rescue crew from its first department to a zone outside Rome devastated early Wednesday by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake to help with recovery efforts, describing it as a “sign of the pope’s concrete proximity to the people affected by the quake.”