Gentle revolution: Pope wants Year of Mercy to tenderly transform world

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December 3, 2015

Pope Francis prays during his Aug. 26 general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis says he wants the Year of Mercy to usher in a "revolution of tenderness." (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA) See VATICAN-LETTER-POPE-MERCY Dec. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis prays during his Aug. 26 general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis says he wants the Year of Mercy to usher in a “revolution of tenderness.” (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis planned the Year of Mercy and the opening of the Holy Door, he did not mean to give the starting signal for a frenzied wave of pilgrims to Rome.

More than call to sign up for an Eternal City package tour, the pope is inviting people to strike out on a yearlong spiritual journey to recognize a loving God who’s already knocking on their door.

He says he wants the Year of Mercy to usher in a “revolution of tenderness.”

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