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Bridges - Building relationships between Christians and Muslims N. 73

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December 14, 2016

bridgesINTERRELIGIOUS DIALOG - In his last Saturday Audience for the Jubilee Year of Mercy on the 12 th of November 2016, Pope Francis presented an important aspect of mercy: inclusion. He said, “In His plan of love God, in fact, does not want to exclude anyone, but wants to include all.” He added: “And we Christians are invited to use the same criterion: mercy is that way of acting, that style with which we seek to include others in our life, avoiding withdrawing into ourselves and our egoistic securities.” Reaching out to include others becomes a way of life: “This aspect of mercy, inclusion, is manifested in opening one’s arms wide to receive without excluding, without classifying others on the basis of their social condition, language, race, culture or religion: before us there is only a person to be loved as God loves him.”

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