Confession is not “a torture session.” God is not waiting “to beat,” but is instead “always waiting for us, with tenderness, to forgive.”
“Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life,” he said, “there is always strong and intense prayer from someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community ... .”
“We must not allow a one-dimensional vision of the human person to prevail,"
“Without grace we can do nothing, and with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion, we can become an instrument of God's mercy.”
"This is what I do. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service."
Pope's statement cites "advanced age."