Published to coincide with the beginning of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis’ latest book reveals the vision that underpins his distinctive style and message.
His book develops his conviction that mercy lies at the heart of the Gospel. God loves each of us, wants us to come to him, accepts us in our frailty and forgives our sins. The joy of being forgiven encourages us to go out compassionately to others and commend the joy of the Gospel to them.
The experience of mercy lies behind the Pope’s most striking remarks. The Church is not a dry-cleaning business for removing stains but a field hospital for healing wounds.
Nor should the Church judge people but welcome them. Our business is not to build boundaries but to cross them.