Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pope: Don't Let Sadness Win in These Fearful Times

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Pope: Don't Let Sadness Win in These Fearful Times

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called on humanity Sunday not to let sadness prevail because of the many forms of violence afflicting the world. Francis cited no specific violent event in his homily in a Rome basilica, St. John in Lateran. But he said: "We can't let ourselves be overcome by weariness. No form of sadness is allowed, even if we would have reason to, because of the many worries and multiple forms of violence which wound our humanity."

The ceremony was part of the special church Holy Year highlighting his emphasis on the importance of mercy and pardon.

After opening a symbolic Holy Door in the ancient cathedral, Francis told the faithful that "God doesn't love rigidity but is tender.

Since being elected pontiff in 2013, Francis has tried to reshape the image held by many of the Roman Catholic church as one defined largely by rigid dogma. …

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