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Advent Reflection: Archbishop Kevin McDonald on how we are called to be 'Agents of Mercy'

19/12/2015 10:29 am

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, retired Archbishop of Southwark and Director of the Bishops' Office for Interreligious Relations, gives an excellent Advent reflection on the Catholic Church as a place of mercy, healing and deep hope.

"In the Bull of Indiction for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis talks about the Second Vatican Council - a new phase in the history of the church when it moved from being a well-defended fortress to being much more accessible in how it engages with people and the rest of the world.

"Some people say we live in a society that permits everything and forgives nothing. It’s in that society that we are to be, as a church, agents of mercy.

"I hope it will be the case that when people look to the Catholic Church, to individuals and the Church as a whole, they will find it as a place of mercy, of healing and deep hope."

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The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, presents the ideal opportunity to focus on God's mercy and forgiveness.

To mark this, many of the Bishops of England and Wales have recorded special reflections for Advent. One podcast reflection will be uploaded every day throughout the season.

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