Vatican City, May 29 - Even a pontiff has many flaws, but God always forgives, Pope Frances said on Wednesday. "Even the Pope has defects, and has many, but the beauty is that when we realize we are sinners, we find God's mercy," Pope Francis said during his general audience Wednesday in St Peter's Square. His remarks are part of the Catholic Church's teaching for 2013, which has been declared the year of faith in the Church. The Church itself has many "imperfections" and "defects" which God also forgives, said Francis. "The love of God calls us to live our faith together as a family and as a church...especially in the year of the faith".