Pope Francis attested to God’s infinite love for sinners and His forgiveness of any sin, saying when God “forgives, he forgets our sins.”

The Holy Father’s comments came during his Sunday Angelus address to the Faithful in Saint Peter’s Square. He spoke on the Sacrament on Confession, saying God’s “cancels the evil” of the sin confessed in the confessional and “forgets” it.

“How is evil defeated? It is defeated by receiving God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of brothers. This happens every time we go to Confession: we receive the love of God there, which overcomes our sin: it isn’t any longer; God forgets it.”

His remarks were a reflection on the day’s readings from the Gospel of Luke, where the Pharisees accost Christ because He “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” He said God is not like us, “who, after having said: ‘it doesn’t matter,’ at the first occasion remember the wrongs suffered,” instead:

“When God forgives, He loses His memory, He forgets our sins, He forgets. God is so good with us!”

He called on the Faithful to have courage, because “with God no sin has the last word.” In confession, Pope Francis said God “makes us new inside and thus makes joy be reborn in us, not sadness, not darkness in the heart, not suspicion but joy.”

You can read a full translation of Pope Francis’s Sunday Angelus for September 15th here.

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