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'No saint without sin'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Vatican City, Jan 20: God looks beyond appearances and into people’s hearts and knows that there is no saint without a past, Pope Francis has said. “The Lord looks into the heart,” Pope Francis said in a sermon at the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel, where he lives.

“We are often the slaves of appearances and allow ourselves to pursue appearances: But God know the truth,” the Pope said. The life of the biblical King David showed that even in the lives of the saints there are temptations and sins, the pontiff said. “He became a saint after living a long life during which he sinned,” Francis said, describing David as “a great sinner but a repentant one”.

“The life of this man moves me — it makes us think of our own lives,” he said. “It makes me think that during the Christian journey, the journey the Lord has invited us to undertake, there is no saint without a past and so no sinner without a future,” he said. The teachings of the Bible require Christians to give succour to the poor, Pope Francis said on Twitter. “The Gospel calls us to be close to the poor and forgotten, and to give them real hope,” the Pope tweeted. His @Pontifex account is published in nine languages and now has over 22 million followers. (IANS)

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