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Jesus is close to sinners, says pope

Faith not 'a burden on people' Francis preaches at Mass

14 January, 12:32
Jesus is close to sinners, says pope (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 14 - Jesus is close to sinners and those who need his help, Pope Francis said during Mass on Tuesday.

In his homily during morning Mass at the Vatican residence where Francis lives, he said that the Bible gave examples of times when Jesus forgave sinners such as a woman who committed adultery.

To follow Jesus, people do not need to study theology and faith should not be a "burden on the shoulders of the people," added the pope.

Instead, he said, faith will inspire people to a "new way of living".