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Don't let envy and division bring havoc in your parish, warns Pope

In his catechesis for his Wednesday General Audience today in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis reminded pilgrims that the call of Christ is for his people to be united, not living in division. Division among Christians and within communities of Christians does not come from God, but the Pope said that the Devil is the source of such strife. "While we, the members of the Church, are sinners, the unity and holiness of the Church arise from God and call us daily to conversion," the Holy Father said, declaring that the will of God “is that we grow in our capacity to welcome one another, to forgive and to love, and to resemble Jesus.”

The Pope said that the holiness of the Church can be seen when we "recognize the image of God in one another," and he warned people not to allow envy toward each other or personal antipathies divide their parish church communities. The Pope further said that people should seek the Lord's forgiveness “for the times when we have given rise to division or misunderstanding in our communities and may our relationships mirror more beautifully and joyfully the unity of Jesus and the Father.”

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