During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said that there has never been any doubts that God prefers “sanctified sinners” – people who, despite their past sins, learn how to do a greater good, to “fake saints”, people who are more concerned with appearing saintly than doing good.

Pope Francis was reflecting on the first reading from Isaiah, which he described as an “invitation and an imperative” that comes directly from God – “Cease to do evil, learn to do good”- defending orphans and widows, namely “those who no one remembers”. This category includes the “abandoned elderly”, “children who do not go to school”, and those “who do not know how to make the sign of the Cross,” he said. Essentially it is an invitation to conversion.

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