Animated graphics of Pope Francis and the Works of Mercy released for World Youth Day

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“Only God’s mercy can save the world” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis is encouraging us to spread mercy around the world and there’s no better platform for this than World Youth Day – the global Catholic mega event where millions of young pilgrims will pray and worship in the presence of the Pope in Krakow.

To take up the Holy Father’s call, we’re sharing a set of 14 charming animated graphics – GIFs – showing Pope Francis engaging in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

We are sharing one-a-day right up to the Opening Mass for World Youth Day. We’ll use a number of our social platforms – twitter, facebook, vine and instagram.

Help us share mercy by sharing these GIFs!

What are the Works of Mercy?

The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.

Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbours with their material and physical needs.

feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
shelter the homeless
visit the sick
visit the imprisoned
bury the dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion, as listed below, by which we help our neighbours with their emotional and spiritual needs.

counsel the doubtful
instruct the ignorant
admonish the sinner
comfort the sorrowful
forgive all injuries
bear wrongs patiently
pray for the living and the dead

Information on the Works of Mercy from