Mercy, compassion stressed at Mass to mark pope’s 2nd year
If you want to win the world over, “it is through the way of mercy and love”, said Archbishop William Goh.
He was speaking at a Mass to mark the second anniversary of the pope’s election at St Joseph’s Church, Victoria St on March 15.
Archbishop Goh noted that Pope Francis is immensely popular not only within the Catholic Church but also among many other Christians, including pastors and bishops.
“They are so interested in what Pope Francis is saying … because he speaks a language of mercy and compassion,” Archbishop Goh said to the crowd at the 10 am Mass.
“This is a harsh world we are living in,” Archbishop Goh said in his homily. “In this modern world, if you make a mistake, you are condemned ... The world will not give you a second chance. If you commit adultery today, immediately divorce. No forgiveness. This is not the way of the Church ... The way of the Gospel is of mercy.”
The archbishop also noted that “the approach of Pope Francis is not to condemn”.
Archbishop Goh told the congregation that the pope has announced that he will launch a Jubilee Year of Mercy in December.
He invited the congregation to pray on the occasion of the second year of Pope Francis’ pontificate “that we too will proclaim the mercy of God in the world, in our lives beginning with your family, your spouse, your children, the Church and society”.
Also celebrating the Mass were apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Msgr Francis Lau, Fr Ignatius Yeo, Fr Francis Leong and Fr John Nguyen van Dich.
Archbishop Girelli, at the end of the Mass, thanked all present for their prayers for the pope. “The Holy Father every time asks for prayers for his mission in the world,” he said.
The nuncio also thanked Singapore Catholics for donating every June to Peter’s Pence, which supports the charitable works of the pope. “Singapore is very generous,” the nuncio remarked with a smile.
By Christopher Khoo