Francis says God both father and mother

Pope Francis has described God as “both father and mother”.

In an interview with the magazine Credere, the Pope explained his decision to call a Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Jubilee Year might help the faithful to recognise “the maternal dimension of God”, the Pope observed.

He explained that he was speaking of “the tenderness, typical of a mother, God’s tenderness that comes from his innate paternity. God is both father and mother”.

At the conclusion of the interview, Pope Francis disclosed that he plans to make a number of public gestures to underline the theme of the Jubilee.

He said that “one Friday each month I will make a different gesture”.

He did not discuss what those gestures might be.

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