The Name of God is Mercy

The Name of God is Mercy is the title of a new book which Pope Francis wrote to coincide with the Year of Mercy . In a series of interviews with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli Pope Francis talked about mercy. He emphasized the need for a church that look outwards and goes out to meet people.

The words of Pope Francis:

‘The Church does not exist to condemn people, but to bring about an encounter with the love of God’s mercy.

I often say that in order for this to happen, it is necessary to go out: to go out from the churches and the parishes, to go outside and look for people where they live, where they suffer, and where they hope.

I like to use the image of a field hospital to describe this Church that goes forth.  It is not a solid structure with all the equipment where people go to receive treatment for both small and large infirmities. It is a mobile structure that offers first aid and immediate care.

I hope that the Year of Mercy will be a Church that goes forth toward those who are “wounded,” who are in need of an attentive ear, understanding, forgiveness, and love.’