Church’s credibility found in showing mercy, pope says in new book

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January 11, 2016

Pope Francis greets Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli aboard his flight from Rome to Quito, Ecuador, in this July 5, 2015, file photo. Tornielli conducted an interview with the pope on the topic of mercy. The interview is contained in a new book titled, "The Name of God Is Mercy." (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-MERCY-INTERVIEW Jan. 11, 2016.

Pope Francis greets Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli aboard his flight from Rome to Quito, Ecuador, in this July 5, 2015, file photo. Tornielli conducted an interview with the pope on the topic of mercy. The interview is contained in a new book titled, “The Name of God Is Mercy.” (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being ministers of God’s mercy, church members overcome “prejudice and rigidity,” taking risks like Jesus did in order to heal and to save, Pope Francis said.

In Jesus’ day, lepers were cast out of the community “to avoid contamination: the healthy needed to be protected,” but Jesus, at his own risk, “goes up to the leper and he restores him, he heals him,” Pope Francis said in a new book-length interview on mercy.

“By welcoming a marginalized person whose body is wounded and by welcoming the sinner whose soul is wounded, we put our credibility as Christians on the line,” the pope told the Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli in “The Name of God Is Mercy.”

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