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Pope Francis arriving at a weekly general audience (AP)

Aid to the Church in Need’s Be God’s Mercy initiative will be launched in Rome on Friday

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Pope Francis reads a meditation on mercy at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Watch out: mercy can be violent

If the only way we can receive mercy is by means of divine assault, God will give us that

Pope Francis embraces Maurizio Fratamico, with his brother Enzo, during a prayer vigil 'to dry the tears' of the suffering in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

At a Year of Mercy service for those who weep the Pope said the ‘bitterest tears are caused by human evil’

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The European Festival of Joy and Mercy will take place in November

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience today (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

During his general audience, the Pope reminded the faithful that the Church is full of sinners

Archbishop Blasé Cupich of Chicago  (CNS)

The Archbishop of Chicago welcomed the publication of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn (CNS)

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn opened the European gathering of the World Apostolic Congress of Mercy in Rome

Pope Francis reaches for a balloon in St. Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pope was speaking during his latest general audience in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis arrives on his popemobile for toay's weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican (PA)

The Pope quoted from Julian’s vision in which Jesus told her ‘if I might suffer more, I would suffer more’