Roman Catholic Pope Francis called on all humanity today not to allow sadness to win or prevail because of the many forms of violence we see in the world today. He delivered his homily at St John in Lateran which is a Roman basilica in Rome. The Pope went on to say, “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 Pope’s homily is part of a ceremony of a special Church Holy Year emphasizing the importance of Mercy and Forgiveness. Rather than being characterized by rigidity, Pope Francis is working to change the Church image to one of forgiveness and mercy. The Holy Year officially began on December 8, 2015 and is calling it the Time of Great Pardon (Forgiveness).
The Pope is continuing to focus attention on those living in poverty and those otherwise marginalized in some way in society. The Holy Year runs until November 20,2016.
Not only is is a duty for Christians to help the poor and marginalized and to forgive and have mercy but, it is also the duty of every True Muslim. Allah demands in the Qur’an that we help the orphaned, widowed, and poor. Allah is Forgiving and Merciful and He expects the Truly Faithful to also be because these are two values taught in the Qur’an that we are obliged to live daily.