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It's time for mercy, pope says in new book

Francis says gays must not be marginalised

It's time for mercy, pope says in new book

Rome, January 12 - It's time for earthly justice to show God's mercy, Pope Francis says in a new book presented in Rome Tuesday with comedian and director Roberto Benigni among those on hand. Among other things, Francis says in The Name of God Is Mercy, it must also cover the treatment of gays, who must not be marginalised. The pontiff also takes another swipe at the corrupt, saying that they "lose their dignity and should be ashamed". "Yes, I believe this is the time of mercy," Francis says in the book, published in 86 countries, which can be seen as a manifesto for the Roman Catholic Jubilee of Mercy the pontiff is spearheading. "The Church shows its maternal face to suffering humanity," the pope says in the book written with Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli and published by Piemme in Italy at the price of 15 euros for its 120 pages. "It doesn't wait for the wounded to knock on its door, it goes out looking for them in the street, takes them in, embraces them, tends to them, makes them feel loved". Francis says that "mercy is God's ID card". He says that priests, when they confess people, must be "tender" with them and not "push away people who are suffering". As part of this inclusiveness, Francis says homosexuals are loved by God and must not be marginalised. "First and foremost I prefer to speak of 'homosexual people': first comes the person, in his or her fullness and dignity. And a person is not defined by their sexual orientation alone: let's not forget that we are all creatures loved by God," Francis said. "I prefer it if homosexual people come to confession, if they remain close to God, if we can pray together," he continued. Francis also returned to his famous phrase 'who am I to judge?', which for many signaled a turning point in the Church's attitude towards the homosexual community. "On that occasion I said: if a person is gay, seeks the Lord and is of good will, who am I to judge? I paraphrased from memory the catechism of the Catholic Church, which explains that these people must be treated with sensitivity and not marginalised," he said. Earthly justice is more just if it is applied with mercy, according to Francis. "A new awareness is emerging even within earthly justice, in judicial norms," the pope said. "Think how much the global consciousness that rejects capital punishment has grown. Think of the efforts to reintegrate prisoners into society so that, once they have paid off their debt with justice, those who have made a mistake can find work more easily and not remain on the margins of society," he continued. "We need to help those who have fallen to get back onto their feet," Francis said. "God forgives everything, he offers a new possibility to everyone, he grants his mercy to all those who ask for it. We are the ones who don't know how to forgive," he concluded. Oscar winner Benigni, a practising Catholic known for his public readings of Dante, praised Francis as a man full of mercy. Benigni - who joked that he had wanted to be pope when he was a little boy - joined Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and rehabilitated Chinese prisoner, Zhang Agostino Jianqing. Benigni said Francis was always ready to help the poor and marginalised, and that he could "sell mercy by the quarter pound". Benigni, who won his Oscar for Life Is Beautiful, said he felt moved to be part of the launch of the book and joked that he had hoped to become the pope when he was young. "When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was older, I would say: the pope. But everyone would start laughing so I understood that I had to become a comedian," he said.

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