Homeless man. Photo credit: Dmytro Zinkevych Shutterstock CNA
Vatican City, Aug 30, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- In honor of all “workers and volunteers of mercy,” the Vatican is asking those who volunteer in different service opportunities -to share their testimony on social media with the hashtag #BeMercy.
Launched by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the department charged with organizing, the #BeMercy initiative is meant to coincide with the special Sept. 2-4 Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy, and is part of Pope Francis’ wider Holy Year of Mercy.
“Charity, love and mercy are different words to express the same reality: God’s love,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Council for the New Evangelization, told CNA in an interview.
“God is close to you and God is always helping you,” he said, noting that love, charity and mercy aren’t limited to just helping people, but “become a great witness for us in the moment we are able to forgive people.”
“That will be really the challenge for us today: to be witnesses of pardon and forgiveness.”
The idea to share testimonies of volunteer service is meant show the fact that within the Church there are many who daily perform the concrete works of mercy Pope Francis has encouraged during the Holy Year.