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'Forgive others and find peace' - Pope Francis

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Pope Francis salutes as he stands in front of the St Maria of Angels Basilica, in Assisi, Italy, last Thursday. The pope travelled briefly to Assisi to pray at tiny church within the basilica that is considered the cradle of the Franciscan Order.

Celebrating how God's mercy has been experienced for 800 years in a tiny stone church in Assisi, Pope Francis, last Thursday, charged that people need to experience God's forgiveness and start learning how to forgive others.

"Too many people are caught up in resentment and harbour hatred because they are incapable of forgiving. They ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them rather than finding the joy of serenity and peace," the pope said during his visit to the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels.

Before speaking about the importance of confession and forgiveness, Pope Francis set a bouquet of red and white roses on the altar and prayed silently for 10 minutes in the Portiuncola, a stone chapel in the middle of the basilica.

The reason Pope Francis visited, and the reason thousands travel there each August is the 'Pardon of Assisi', a plenary indulgence offered to visitors who are sincerely sorry for their sins, go to confession, receive the Eucharist, recite the Creed and pray for the intentions of the pope as a sign of their unity with the church.