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VATICAN (SE): Everyone who takes care of a friend or sister. Everyone who helps people daily, in silence, in a concrete way, visits the sick, prisoners, or reaches out to the poor and hungry is being invited to tell their story and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Snapshot, Instagram or any social media using the hash tag #BeMercy as part of the Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy.

Launched during the September 2 to 4 jubilee by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, Archbishop Rino Fisichella said, “Charity, love and mercy are different words to express the same reality: God’s love.”

He continued, “God is close to you and God is always helping you. Become a great witness for us in the moment we are able to forgive people.”

The president of the council added, “That will really be the challenge for us today: to be witnesses of pardon and forgiveness.”

“We have an infinite way of living the works of mercy and in this way we have infinite workers of mercy,” the archbishop said, adding that everyone is invited to join the jubilee celebration in order to receive the thank you from Pope Francis.

The official jubilee included a general audience with Pope Francis and concluded with the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa of Kolkata on the afternoon of September 4.

Archbishop Fisichella believes that the newly canonised saint will be declared the patron of workers of mercy, but in any case, official patron or not, she is an icon of mercy and a spiritual inspiration for everyone.

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