The world needs more forgiveness - Pope Francis

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By Catherine Hardy
The world needs more forgiveness - Pope Francis

<ul> <li>Pope visits Assisi for ceremony</li> <li>Hears 19 confessions</li> <li>“The world needs more forgiveness” – Francis</li> </ul> <p>The pope says the world needs more forgiveness as he visited the birthplace of the Franciscan order in Assisi.</p> <p>Francis made a brief visit to the central Italian town for the 800th anniversary of the “Pardon of Assisi”. </p> <p>The ceremony was inaugurated by St Francis to absolve the sins of the poor.</p> <p>The 79-year-old pontiff prayed in a small church that his papal namesake had repaired with his own hands in the early 13th century.</p> <p>He took his name in homage to the saint.</p> <p>St. Francis was born the son of a prosperous cloth merchant but renounced his wealth to help the poor. <p> <h3><strong>Welcomed by pilgrims</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Arriving from Rome via helicopter, the pope was welcomed by thousands of people who had waited in the summer heat to welcome him.</p> <p>He went into the tiny chapel to pray.</p> <p>Francis then abandoned the planned programme to hear the confessions of 19 people, including four scouts. <p> <h3><strong>What the Pope said</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>In his speech, the pope urged the faithful to ask St.Francis to intercede and help them become more forgiving.</p> <p>He said it was “clearer that the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world.”</p> <p>“To offer today’s world the witness of mercy is a task from which none of us can feel exempted. The world needs forgiveness; too many people are caught up in resentment and harbour hatred, because they are incapable of forgiving.”</p> <p>“They ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them, rather than finding the joy of serenity and peace.” <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Forgiveness is theme of Pope's visit to Assisi – “The world needs forgiveness,” Pope Francis said during a … <a href="https://t.co/TNvQNl3Tb6">https://t.co/TNvQNl3Tb6</a></p>— Catholic News Live (@cathnewslive) <a href="https://twitter.com/cathnewslive/status/761295855475367937">August 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <h3><strong>Tight security</strong></h3> </p></p> <p>Security was tight around the pope’s brief afternoon trip to the central Italian town.</p> <p>The visit took place a day after Italian police announced they had increased security around the Vatican and religious sites in Rome.</p> <p>Police placed a three-ringed security perimeter around the basilica of St Mary of the Angels in the lower part of Assisi.</p> <p>Thousands of visitors were checked two or three times as they approached the basilica.</p>