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Easter Triduum speaks of God's love and mercy, says Pope Francis in his Chrism Mass Homily
In his homily during the Mass of Chrism at St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis dwelled on the theme of 'mercy' and stated that the Lord showed 'an excess of mercy' both in 'encounter' and 'forgiveness'.

In the full text of his homily released by Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stated, "The mercy of our God is infinite and indescribable. We express the power of this mystery as an "ever greater" mercy, a mercy in motion, a mercy that each day seeks to make progress, taking small steps forward and advancing in that wasteland where indifference and violence have predominated."

He urged the Catholic priests to identify with people who were excluded and said, "We remind ourselves that there are countless masses of people who are poor, uneducated, prisoners, who find themselves in such situations because others oppress them. But we too remember that each of us knows the extent to which we too are often blind, lacking the radiant light of faith, not because we do not have the Gospel close at hand, but because of an excess of complicated theology. We feel that our soul thirsts for spirituality, not for a lack of Living Water which we only sip from, but because of an excessive 'bubbly' spirituality, a 'light' spirituality."

He also called upon the priests not to be trapped by digital or virtual worldliness that was opened and closed by a simple click. "We are oppressed, not by threats and pressures, like so many poor people, but by the allure of a thousand commercial advertisements which we cannot shrug off to walk ahead, freely, along paths that lead us to love of our brothers and sisters, to the Lord's flock, to the sheep who wait for the voice of their shepherds," he warned.

Calling the year 2016, the Jubilee Year of Mercy, he said, "We celebrate our Father with hearts full of gratitude, and we pray to him that "he remember his mercy forever"; let us receive, with a dignity that is able to humble itself, the mercy revealed in the wounded flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us ask him to cleanse us of all sin and free us from every evil. And with the grace of the Holy Spirit let us commit ourselves anew to bringing God's mercy to all men and women, and performing those works which the Spirit inspires in each of us for the common good of the entire People of God."

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