Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 05:44 am
In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest's should exercise this ministry with "humility."
"The Church is the depository of this power. It is not an owner, it is the servant of the ministry of reconciliation on behalf of men," the Pope explained during his Nov. 20 general audience.
Continuing his reflections on the Creed, the pontiff addressed the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter's Square saying that "Today I would like to speak again on the forgiveness of sins by reflecting on the 'power of the keys.'"
This authority, he explained, "is a biblical symbol of the mission Jesus entrusted to the Apostles."