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Be kind to ‘a wounded humanity’, pope says in book
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis calls in a new book for Roman Catholic leaders to be compassionate shepherds to a “wounded humanity”, not lofty scholars quick to condemn and exclude people who don’t obey church teachings.
The book, The Name of God is Mercy, breaks no new ground but is a compelling restatement of the themes of Francis’s papacy told in simple, breezy language in a freewheeling conversation with veteran Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli.
In the 150-page book, Francis also repeats his oftenquoted “Who am I to judge?” statement about homosexuals, saying that “people should not be defined only by their sexual identities”.
The question-and-answer book, to be released tomorrow, coincides with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, during which the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics are called on to seek forgiveness and forgive.
In his first book aimed at a general readership, Francis appears to chastise conservatives in the church, saying they are undermining mercy in the name of doctrine.
“The church does not exist to condemn people, but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy,” he said, adding that “humanity is wounded, deeply wounded”.
Francis criticises those in the church “used to having things fit into their preconceived notions”. – Reuters