The Name of God is Mercy: a new book by Pope Francis

“The Pope is a man who needs the mercy of God.”
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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.”

To read further extracts from The Name of God is Mercy, visit

To order copies of the book please contact St Pauls Books & Gifts Centre, 238 Church Street, Parramatta, tel (02) 9126 8912 or send an email to

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