Pope: We need a 'tenderness revolution'

2015-12-02 19:03
Pope Francis prays at the end of his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square. (Alessandra Tarantino, AP)

Pope Francis prays at the end of his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square. (Alessandra Tarantino, AP)

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Vatican City - Pope Francis says the world needs a "revolution of tenderness" amid all the news of cruelty and atrocities.

The pope also took his church to task in an interview published on Wednesday in Credere, a Catholic magazine reporting on the Holy Year of Mercy, called for by Francis and starting next week.

Francis lamented that the church itself "falls into the temptation to take a hard line, the temptation to stress only the moral laws". He wondered "how many people are left outside" the church by that emphasis.

The pope says today needs a revolution of tenderness because, "from here, justice and all the rest derives".

He added: "We are used to bad news, cruel news and to even bigger atrocities, which offend the name and life of God."

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