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What is mercy – and what are some false conceptions of it?

Dec 9, 2015 - 03:01 am .- Is it simply having pity for someone or bending the rules? As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy kicks off, Catholic theologians weigh in on mercy, and its surprising connection to justice.

Pope Francis venerates Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Dec 8, 2015 - 01:40 pm .- Pope Francis venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, continuing the tradition set by his predecessors in the late 1900s.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Dec 2, 2015 - 07:16 am .- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future.

Full text of Pope's in-flight interview from Africa to Rome

Nov 30, 2015 - 02:17 pm .- In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists from across the world. He touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa.  

Pope calls Central African Christians, Muslims to unite against violence

Nov 30, 2015 - 03:28 am .- Christians and Muslims must unite against acts which “disfigure the Face of God” by promoting peace, Pope Francis told Islamic representatives on the final day of his visit the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR).

Pope to Central African Christians: Be artisans of renewal in your country

Nov 30, 2015 - 03:19 am .- During the final Mass of his first visit to Africa, Pope Francis called the Christians of the Central African Republic (CAR) to be missionaries in their nation, bringing renewal amid suffering, and hope for eternal life.

Seeking peace and mercy, Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Bangui

Nov 29, 2015 - 09:20 pm .- “Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s cathedral on Sunday--the first time a Pope has opened a Holy Door outside Rome.

'Can I go' to them? Pope Francis' stunning response to alleged murders

Nov 29, 2015 - 02:33 pm .- Reported violence near a mosque Pope Francis is slated to visit in Central African Republic caused the pontiff to reply with an immediate "can I go (be with them)?" according to a bishop who was standing close by.

Be like a banana – Pope Francis off-the-cuff to Central African youth

Nov 29, 2015 - 12:23 pm .- During his meeting with the youth of the Central African Republic, Pope Francis gave spontaneous comments in response to a young local who asked the Holy Father's advice about living in a war-torn country.

Pope advocates for peace, unity in Central African Republic

Nov 29, 2015 - 04:39 am .- After landing in the war-torn Central African Republic, Pope Francis urged the country’s leaders to work for peace and reconciliation, particularly through disarmament and a stable administration.

Pope Francis’ three words for Ugandan religious: Memory, fidelity and prayer

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:41 am .- Pope Francis wrapped up his public appearances in Uganda with an address to the priests, religious and seminarians of the country at the Cathedral in Kampala.

Pope praises Ugandans for helping refugees rebuild their lives

Nov 27, 2015 - 09:02 am .- Pope Francis praised the Ugandan people for showing “outstanding concern” for refugees in a time when our world is witnessing an unprecedented movement of people fleeing violence and injustice.  

Full text of Pope Francis' powerful, unscripted talk with Kenya's youth

Nov 27, 2015 - 12:43 am .- An impassioned Pope Francis went off-the-cuff in a vast, widespread speech to Kenyan youth, touching on challenging topics such as how to stop youth from being recruited to terrorist activities.

What you have is worth more than money – the Pope to Kenya's poor

Nov 26, 2015 - 11:41 pm .- During his tri-nation visit to Africa this week, Pope Francis made a stop at a slum in Nairobi and praised those he met for their love of and emphasis on community and relationships – over what he called a vacuous, “unbridled consumption” that often plagues the West.

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