Pope Francis stressed the need for mercy and forgiveness inside the Catholic community, saying bluntly during his daily homily today (September 10, 2015) that "if you do not know how to forgive, you are not Christian," according to the National Catholic Reporter website.
Reflecting on continuing news of wars around the globe, the pontiff said in his homily that war is not only taking place in the political world but "also in our Christian communities, between us."
Forgiveness, the pope said, is a "key word" of Jesus. If you do not forgive, said Francis, "you do not do what the Lord did."
"The Lord, the Father, is so merciful," said the pontiff. "He always forgives us, always wants to make peace with us."