“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36)
On This Date…
On March 13, 2013 Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was elected on the 5th ballot as the 266th pope, the first pope to choose the name “Francis.” He was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of five children. He joined the Jesuits in 1958, was ordained a priest in 1969, and was ordained a bishop in 1992. His motto as bishop was “lowly but chosen” (cf. Matthew 9:9-13), a motto he has kept as pope.
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy (2015-2016) Pope Francis said, “The name of God is mercy and the face of God is Jesus.” In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. Pope Francis has shown us the way to be merciful in word and deed.