"The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel."
- Pope St. John Paul II
St. John Paul II focused on mercy in his teaching - and he was not alone. For over a hundred years, the Church has been guided by pope-; who encouraged us to meditate on Christ, the center of mercy. Now in Mercy in the Teachings of the Popes we can treasure a collection of teachings of popes Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, Benedict XVI, John Paul II, and Francis on subjects like: the source of divine mercy; Mary, mother of mercy; mercy, the life of the Church; and much more.
Mercy in the Teachings of the Popes is one of a series of eight books, the official catechetical resource for the jubilee of Mercy, created by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the request of Pope Francis.
As Pope Francis says, we are, as a Church, called to "echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love." These books are a guiding light for individuals and parishes to answer that call.
Jubilee Year of Mercy: December 2015 November 2016.
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization