“Some people today say, ‘Christ, yes; the church, no’, like they say, ‘i believe in God, but not in priests’,” the Pope said. Such a position does not make sense because “it is the Church that brings us Christ and brings us to God. The Church is the great family of God’s children”.
During his weekly general audience on May 29, the Pope announced he would begin a series of audience talks about the Church.
“The Church is the great family of children of God,” he said. “certainly it has human aspects from the members who compromise it, pastors and faithful. They have defects, imperfections, sins. Even the Pope has them – and he has many – but what is beautiful is that when we become aware that we are sinners, we find the mercy of God. God always forgives. Don’t forget this. God always forgives.”
“Sin is an offence against God, but it’s also an opportunity. Humiliation can lead one to see there is something beautiful awaiting you : the mercy of God. Think about this.”
God plans to unite all humanity into one family where everyone recognizes the birthright as a child of God and loved by Him : “The Church is born from God’s desire to call all people into communion with Him and to participate in His divine life.”