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Jesus' love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says


CINDY WOODEN

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Catholic News Service
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Media/Opinion
Date:
9/21/2015

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ABSTRACTJesus' love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says Welcome Login Share Catholic News Service Home News News Photos/Graphics Video Vatican Special Sections Papal Visit Synod of Bishops Blogs CNS Blog Vatican II: 50 years RSS Feeds Extras Movies Saints Sunday Scriptures Church Document | Origins Services About Contact CNS CNS Staff Our Clients CNS Mission and History Frequently Asked Questions search News Copyright © 2015 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means without prior permission, is prohibited. You may link to stories on our public site. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at cns@catholicnews.com. Jesus' love changes people, enables them to love others, pope says By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service 9.21.2015 11:29 AM ET previous 4 photos next Photo Galleries Share CNS Permissions related items Holguin Catholics experience the unimaginable: papal Mass in public For Virginian, singing at canonization pinnacle of Mass' beauty, holiness Parents of missing Mexican students travel to U.S. to appeal to pope College presidents in statement back pope's leadership on climate change HOLGUIN, Cuba (CNS) -- Celebrating the feast of St. Matthew, a day he considers a turning point in his own journey of faith, Pope Francis told thousands of Cubans that Jesus knows who they really are and calls them to walk with him. Arriving in the eastern city of Holguin from Havana Sept. 21, the pope went directly to the city's Revolution Square for the feast day Mass. People had the day off work and off school so they could attend. The pope explained to the people in the square that Matthew was a tax collector for the Roman occupiers, which meant that he was seen as a traitor to be shunned. But Jesus "looked at him with the eyes of mercy; he looked at him as no one had ever looked at him before." "And this look unlocked Matthew's heart," the pope said. "It set him free, it healed him, it gave him hope, a new life," just as Jesus' merciful gaze gives new life to men and women today. The story of St. Matthew's call and conversion is one the pope talks about often. The feast day is the first day of spring in Argentina, a day students have free from school. It was the day in 1953 that a 17-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio felt a strange urge to enter a church and go to confession. He often recounts the story an.......