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In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart‰ÛÓmercy‰ÛÓwhich has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy. In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains‰ÛÓthrough memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor‰ÛÓwhy ‰ÛÏmercy is the first attribute of God.‰Û God ‰ÛÏdoes not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins,‰Û he writes. As well, the Church cannot close the door on anyone, Francis asserts‰ÛÓon the contrary, its duty is to go out into the world to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for, and move away from, the bad things they have done.
The first Jesuit and the first South American to be elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has traveled around the world spreading God‰Ûªs message of mercy to the largest crowds in papal history. Clear and profound, The Name of God Is Mercy resonates with this desire to reach all those who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. It is being published in more than eighty countries around the world.
‰ÛÏThe name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand.‰Û‰ÛÓPope Francis