“Charity is the 'heart' of the Church”

"The history of the Church is also a history of charity", said Pope Francis to the congress organised by Cor Unum ten years after publication of "Deus Caritas Est" of Benedict XVI on 26 February 2016. “Charity and mercy are closely related, because they are God's way of being and acting: his identity and his name.”

“The more we live in this spirit, the more authentic we all are as Christians.” According to Francis, “charity is at the centre of the Church and is truly its heart”, as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus said. […]

“How I wish that everyone in the Church, every institution, every activity would show that God loves man!”, is the pope's dream, who said that the "mission" carried out by the Catholic charitable organisations is "needed more than ever. To live the works of mercy means to conjugate the verb 'to love' according to Jesus.”

“One sees well only with the closeness that mercy gives”