Vatican City, Nov 30, 2016 / 05:38 am
In his last set of catechesis on mercy, Pope Francis focused on the works of praying for the living and the dead, as well as burying the dead, insisting that since we are all part of one family in Christ, we must remember to pray constantly for one another.
When we say "I believe in the communion of Saints" while reciting the Nicene Creed, "it's a mystery that expresses the beauty of the mercy that Jesus revealed to us...all, living and dead, we are in communion."
This communion is "like a union: united in the community of the many who have received baptism," he said, noting that since all of us by virtue of our same baptism "are the same family, united," we must "pray for each other."
Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims gathered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for his general audience, concluding his catechesis on mercy. He began the series last fall as a lead-in to the Jubilee of Mercy, which closed Nov. 20.