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As Jesus' birth nears, sadness is 'not allowed,' Pope says

Dec 13, 2015 - 03:40 am .- On Gaudete Sunday Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of Rome’s basilica of St. John Lateran, telling attendees that the joy of Jesus’ birth overcomes the sadness caused by hatred and violence.

Pope celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe, confirms Mexico trip

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:55 am .- Pope Francis officially announced the date he would venerate the shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico during his homily for the Marian feast at the Vatican.

How Pope Francis is fulfilling a legacy of Vatican II

Dec 11, 2015 - 03:40 pm .- Attention to the poor was one of the greatest of the bishops' contributions during the Second Vatican Council – and is a legacy Pope Francis carries forward with impressive force, according to some.

Vatican takes on tense question of salvation for the Jewish people

Dec 11, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Though it “is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery,” Jews can participate in salvation without confessing Christ explicitly, a Vatican committee said in a document released on Thursday.

The new annulment process went into effect this week

Dec 10, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- With the launch of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process have gone into effect, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and ensuring that the process is free of charge.

Pope Francis postpones Milan visit due to 'intense' Jubilee schedule

Dec 10, 2015 - 05:31 am .- The Vatican announced today that due to Pope Francis’ busy schedule during the Jubilee of Mercy, he has decided to postpone his May 7, 2016, visit to the diocese of Milan until the following year.

The Year of Mercy and theology: a conversation with Cardinal Müller

Dec 10, 2015 - 03:02 am .- At the opening of the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has granted to  CNA an exclusive interview touching on mercy in several of its aspects.

Why a Jubilee of Mercy? Because the Church needs it, Pope Francis says

Dec 9, 2015 - 11:18 am .- The day after opening the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated his general audience remarks to answering the question of why he called for a jubilee on the subject, saying the primary reason is simply because it’s needed.

Saint Peter's Basilica used in art display promoting beauty of nature

Dec 8, 2015 - 09:06 pm .- On Tuesday the façade and dome of St. Peter’s Basilica were illuminated with images portraying man’s relation to nature – an event inspired by Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on care for our common home and set to coincide with major Church events.

It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Dec 8, 2015 - 04:50 am .- Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love.

What challenges do women face at work? The Vatican takes a look

Dec 8, 2015 - 03:02 am .- A two-day Vatican workshop over the weekend explored the unique challenges faced by women as they balance work with family life, and what true equality for women looks like in the workplace.

As 'Vatileaks' trial proceeds, Holy See spokesman explains Vatican justice system

Dec 7, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- As a Vatican City trial over the leaking of private documents continues, the director of the Holy See Press Office has defended the trial and the judicial systems of the Vatican City State after the defendants criticized the process.

The Year of Mercy: What's it all about?

Dec 7, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- One of the central aims of the Jubilee of Mercy will be to reorient the Sacrament of Confession back to the center of the Church's pastoral life, explained one official involved in organizing the year-long event.

Pope: Conversion is for believers and non-believers alike

Dec 6, 2015 - 09:03 am .- In his Angelus address for the second Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis spoke against the presumption that the need for conversion applies only to non-believers, and that Christians are somehow exempt.

Benedict XVI will attend Holy Door opening at Vatican to start Year of Mercy

Dec 5, 2015 - 08:13 am .- The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door on Dec. 8.

With Advent here, the papal preacher has a how-to guide for seeking Christ

Dec 4, 2015 - 04:51 pm .- The Preacher of the Pontifical Household’s first sermon for the Advent season was a striking reminder of the Christian’s need to love Christ and to see the Church as his body and spouse.

A car chapel? It's a real thing and Pope Francis blessed one

Dec 3, 2015 - 04:40 pm .- A Marian chapel built into a car – called an “Autocappella” – received a blessing from Pope Francis yesterday just before the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

'Saint Nicholas' makes surprise appearance in Saint Peter's Square

Dec 3, 2015 - 12:46 pm .- A surprise visitor to St. Peter’s Square during the general audience yesterday was met with a warm welcome.  

Jihadists arrested for threats against Pope Francis, no specific plot known

Dec 2, 2015 - 05:24 pm .- Four alleged terrorist sympathizers who made internet threats against Pope Francis have been arrested. While Italian authorities described them as “highly dangerous,” they said they did not appear to be involved in any specific plot.

Make the mercy jubilee a 'revolution of tenderness', Pope urges

Dec 2, 2015 - 02:09 pm .- Pope Francis has granted an interview to the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy, in which he expresses his intention that the year be an occasion to encounter God's tenderness in a world rife with cruelty and atrocities.

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