Pope: Patch up family feuds, forgive, let go of painful past

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January 27, 2016

Circus members greet Pope Francis after their performance during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Jan. 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-FEUDS Jan. 27, 2016.

Circus members greet Pope Francis after their performance during the pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Jan. 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Let the Year of Mercy be the time to end all family feuds, to forgive each other and let bygones be bygones, Pope Francis said.

“I think about so many brothers and sisters who are estranged from their families; they don’t speak to each other,” he said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 27.

“This Year of Mercy is a good occasion to meet up again, to embrace each other and forgive each other, to leave bad things behind,” he said.

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