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Francis: Unlike a telenovela, God's love and mercy is forever


God’s love for humanity is so great that it can win over every evil, forgive every sin, and can never be stopped, Pope Francis told crowds at his weekly general audience Wednesday.

“It is not the love of a ‘telenovela!’” the pontiff joked to the thousands in attendance, reflecting on a passage in the Old Testament that describes God as “abounding in love and fidelity.”

Vatican newspaper denounces 'woeful' Charlie Hebdo cover

The Vatican’s newspaper on Jan. 6 has criticized French weekly Charlie Hebdo for manipulating faith in the magazine’s latest front page, which depicts a blood-soaked God armed with a Kalashnikov.

The controversial cover commemorates a year since a terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters, which left 12 people dead and led to a global debate on religious extremism and freedom of speech.

“One year later, the assassin is still on the run,” reads the black and white front page, with a cartoon depicting a violent God.



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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS