Let Jesus cleanse you of your sins, pope urges

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March 9, 2015

Pope Francis gives homily while celebrating Mass at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish on outskirts of Rome

Pope Francis gives the homily while celebrating Mass at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish on the outskirts of Rome March 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christian faith and a moral life are responses to God’s mercy and not the result of “titanic” human effort, Pope Francis said.

In meetings and Masses March 7-8, the pope repeatedly returned to the theme of the church as an agent of God’s mercy and to the benefits of returning to confession during Lent.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Communion and Liberation lay movement, Pope Francis met March 7 with more than 80,000 members who filled St. Peter’s Square and the boulevard leading to it.

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