Pope opens holy door at Lateran Basilica, calls upon faithful to be instruments of mercy [CWN]

On December 13, five days after the beginning of the extraordinary jubilee of mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica, bishops throughout the world opened holy doors at their …

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Pope Francis went to his own cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, to open the holy door and celebrate Mass.

“We have opened the holy door, here and in all the cathedrals of the world,” Pope Francis preached. “Even this simple sign is an invitation to joy. It begins a time of the great forgiveness. It is the Jubilee of Mercy.”

“It is time to rediscover the presence of God and his fatherly tenderness,” he continued. “God does not love rigidity. He is Father; He is tender; everything done with the tenderness of the Father.”
The Pope added: Before the holy door we are called to cross, we are asked to be instruments of mercy, knowing that we will be judged on this. He who is baptized knows he has a greater commitment. Faith in Christ leads to a journey that lasts for a lifetime: to be merciful, like the Father.

The joy of crossing through the door of mercy is accompanied by a commitment to welcome and witness to a love that goes beyond justice, a love that knows no boundaries. It is from this infinite love that we are responsible, in spite of our contradictions.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy.
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Love it!!

Divine mercy given and received!

and maybe an indulgence!!

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