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BY ANN SCHNEIBLE CNA/EWTN NEWS On Nov. 18, Pope Francis centered his weekly catechesis on the upcoming Year of Mer- cy. He urged the Church to not only keep its doors open, but to go out to those who may not have the strength to enter. An inhospitable Church, like a family which is locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and withers up the world, the pope said. No armored doors in the Church! Open all of them! Pope Francis delivered his address in St. Peter Square, in front of the basilica where the Holy Door which he described as the great door of Gods Mercy will be opened on the Solemnity of the Im- maculate Conception, Dec. 8 to mark the official start of the Jubilee of Mercy. While this door will be opened to everyone to offer frace of forgiveness, the pope said we also must have the courage to enter. We are all sinners. May we take advantage of this moment and cross the threshold of of this mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving. The Holy Father turned his reflection to last month's Synod on the Family, speaking on how the Church is called to reach to those who are lost and uncertain. And, how Christian families, especially, are encour- aged to enter this door in order to receive Gods blessing and friendship. If the door of Gods mercy is always open, we must leave the doors of our institutions open so that we can go out carrying Gods mercy. This, the Pope said, is the meaning of the Jubilee: Let- ting the Lord enter and go out. Pope Francis observed it has become the norm in many places to always keep our doors locked. While there is a need for security, this locking of doors shouldnt apply to all areas of our life, be it family life, our cities, society and especially the Church. Acknowledging the need for safety, Pope Francis said the Church, as well as homes, should open their doors often, in case there is someone out- side waiting, and who perhaps lacks the courage, or even the strength to knock. He said the Lord, as our Shepherd, protects his sheep, allowing us to enter and exit without fear. Jesus is the door whereby we enter and go out, because the Gods sheepfold is a safehaven, not a prison! the Pope said. He added, The Church is the caretaker of Gods house, not its owner! 12 November 27, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer Pope to Church: Don't act like you're on lock down

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