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Holy Week is memorial of God's infinite mercy, pope says

God's love 'embraces all and excludes no one, Francis says at audience

Published: March 24, 2016 07:50 AM GMT
Holy Week is memorial of God's infinite mercy, pope says

God's love is limitless and the church's Holy Week services offer Christians a deeper understanding of his infinite mercy, Pope Francis said.

The Easter Triduum is a memorial to a love story "that gives us the certainty that we will never be abandoned in life's trials," he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square March 23, Catholic News Service reported.

In remembering the washing of the feet and the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, he said, Christians recall how Christ shows his disciples that the "Eucharist is love that is done through service" to others.

"In giving himself to us as food, Jesus attests that we must learn to break this nourishment with others so that it may become a true communion of life with those who are in need. He gives himself to us and asks us to remain in him in order to do the same," he said.

Good Friday, he continued, is the "climactic moment" of the love of God who offers salvation to the whole world; a love that "embraces all and excludes no one."

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