‘Soap opera’ love isn’t true love, pope says

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January 8, 2016

Pope Francis speaks during general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis speaks as he leads his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — True love comes from God and is expressed through his mercy and forgiveness, not through sentimental expressions that can easily vanish, Pope Francis said.

Although many people use the word ‘love,’ “when used, it is not known what it exactly means,” the pope said in his homily Jan. 8 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

“What is love? There are times we think of soap opera love. No, that does not look like love. Or love may seem like enthusiasm for a person and then it is extinguished,” he said.

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