Vatican City, Apr 7, 2019 / 04:52 am
Pope Francis Sunday emphasized the need for people to have a firm resolve to change their lives when they ask for forgiveness of their sins.
"Every true conversion is aimed at a new future, at a new life, a beautiful life, a life free from sin, a generous life," the pope said April 7. And people are not afraid to ask Jesus for forgiveness, "because He opens the door to this new life."
Lent, Francis pointed out, is a time when Catholics are called to recognize their sinfulness and to ask God for forgiveness. "And forgiveness, in turn, as it reconciles us and gives us peace, makes us begin a renewed story."
Pope Francis, in his Angelus address, reflected on the Gospel passage of the woman caught in adultery. The scribes and Pharisees, he said, try to trap Jesus by catching him going against the law, which says the woman should be stoned.