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The pope's plan for reform is rooted in one simple, yet very profound notion — God's mercy
Pope Francis waves as he arrives for his audience to young members of the National Civil Service, in Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican, on Nov. 26. (Photo by AFP)
Pope Francis' plan for reforming and renewing the worldwide Catholic Church is becoming clearer by the day — except, perhaps, for those with "minds closed" or those who are "stupid, brainless people who have eyes and do not see, who have ears and do not hear" (cf. Jeremiah 5, 21; Mark 8,18).
The pope's plan for reform is rooted in one simple, yet very profound notion — God's mercy.
In fact, Pope Francis dedicated an entire year to the theme, the recently concluded Holy Year of Mercy.
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