Pope's quotes: Hear the cry

A quote from Pope Francis:

"Today more than ever, we Pastors are especially called to hear the cry, perhaps hidden, of all those who wish to encounter the Lord. We need to re-examine those behaviors of ours which at times do not help others to draw close to Jesus; the schedules and programs which do not meet the real needs of those who may approach the confessional; human regulations, if they are more important than the desire for forgiveness; our own inflexibility which may keep others away from God’s tenderness. We must certainly not water down the demands of the Gospel, but we cannot risk frustrating the desire of the sinner to be reconciled with the Father. For what the Father awaits more than anything is for his sons and daughters to return home."

-- Liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica, March 5, 2016

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