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At the crossroads of two ways of thinking

· During Mass with the new Cardinals in St Peter's Basilica Pope Francis calls for the Church to reinstate not marginalize ·

It was a celebration in scarlet. Adorned with the cardinal's color, sacred purple, the faithful of different ethnicities and languages assembled in St Peter's Basilica.

All participated in the Mass with 19 of the 20 Cardinals who were created at the consistory on Saturday. One hundred thirty five cardinals gathered around the Pontiff who celebrated the Eucharist with them on Sunday morning, 15 February, including Cardinal Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals; Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State, along with numerous archbishops, bishops, prelates, priests and men and women religious.

During the homily the Pope called to look deeper at key concepts proposed in the Liturgy of the Word: “the compassion of Jesus in the face of marginalization and his desire to reinstate”. “The Church’s way, from the time of the Council of Jerusalem, has always always been the way of Jesus, the way of mercy and reinstatement. This does not mean underestimating the dangers of letting wolves into the fold, but welcoming the repentant prodigal son; healing the wounds of sin with courage and determination; rolling up our sleeves and not standing by and watching passively the suffering of the world. The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for eternity; to pour out the balm of God’s mercy on all those who ask for it with a sincere heart. The way of the Church is precisely to leave her four walls behind and to go out in search of those who are distant, those essentially on the 'outskirts' of life.”

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