Source: Vatican Radio
The Name of God is Mercy is the title of a new book set to be released today (12 January). In the book, Pope Francis reveals his vision of God’s mercy in a series of interviews with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli.
The Pope, like Peter, is in need of mercy
“The Pope is a man who needs the mercy of God,” the Holy Father says in the book-length interview.
“I said it sincerely to the prisoners of Palmasola, in Bolivia, to those men and women who welcomed me so warmly. I reminded them that even St Peter and St Paul had been prisoners. I have a special relationship with people in prisons, deprived of their freedom. I have always been very attached to them, precisely because of my awareness of being a sinner.”
“Every time I go through the gates into a prison to celebrate Mass or for a visit, I always think: why them and not me? I should be here. I deserve to be here. Their fall could have been mine. I do not feel superior to the people who stand before me. And so I repeat and pray: why him and not me? It might seem shocking, but I derive consolation from Peter: he betrayed Jesus, and even so he was chosen.”
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