Holy Year of Mercy

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Nigerian Catholics reflect on mercy: God never fails to forgive

Nov 29, 2016

As the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy came to a close, a gathering of Nigerians took the time to reflect... Read more

How to live out the Year of Mercy, according to this English bishop

Oct 4, 2016

What is the proper Catholic response to the Jubilee Year of Mercy? Put simply, the answer is “action,” Bishop Richard... Read more

Vatican encourages works of mercy through new social media campaign

Aug 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

In honor of all “workers and volunteers of mercy,” the Vatican is encouraging those who volunteer in different service opportunities... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 10, 2016.

For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ's mercy we must share it

Aug 10, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into... Read more

Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri annointing the sick celebrating the Year of Mercy for the sick and disabled in Chantaburi diocese, Thailand June 12, 2016.

For Thailand Catholics, God's mercy exceeds limits of illness

Jun 29, 2016

Hundreds of sick and physically challenged people marked the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy in Thailand with a special procession... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

How to be a pilgrim in Rome during the Jubilee of Mercy

Apr 24, 2016

While Rome is always a popular destination for tourists, with millions of visitors annually, the Eternal City this year will... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square during the General Audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope urges teens to practice works of mercy

Apr 23, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the... Read more

World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 2013.

Divine Mercy meets World Youth Day this summer in Poland

Mar 22, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Krakow’s role in the Divine Mercy devotion could mean great things for World Youth Day this year, said the city’s... Read more

Penitential celebration with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on March 4, 2016.

God did not create us to remain crushed by sin, Pope says

Mar 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

Leading his annual penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis told attendees to stand tall and be open to forgiveness, and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Missionaries of Mercy at Sala Regia on Feb. 9, 2016.

Cover sinners with the blanket of mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Feb 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis met with 650 of the 1,000 priests who've been chosen as Missionaries of Mercy, telling them to show... Read more

St. Padre Pio at the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Rome, Italy on Feb. 3, 2016.

Padre Pio's incorrupt body is in Rome – here's why

Feb 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

The partially incorrupt body of Padre Pio has arrived to Rome for the first time ever alongside that of another... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Feb. 3, 2016 general audience in St Peter's Square.

Do mercy and justice contradict each other? Pope Francis says no

Feb 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

When God is described in the Bible as being both merciful and just it can seem like an identity crisis,... Read more

Pope Francis makes a surprise visit to the retirement home Bruno Buozzi on Jan. 15, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

Pope Francis kicks off monthly works of mercy with surprise visits

Jan 15, 2016

True to form, the pope of the surprise papal visit dropped by two different nursing homes in Rome unannounced on... Read more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina.

Missionaries of Mercy to be sent out under the gaze of Padre Pio

Jan 6, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The body of Padre Pio will be on display for veneration at next month’s Ash Wednesday Mass in the Vatican,... Read more

Pope Francis borrows a railroad worker's cap at a Dec. 19 gathering.

Pope Francis meets with railroad workers--and reminds them of God's mercy

Dec 19, 2015

Pope Francis on Saturday addressed rail workers, remembering the hard and sometimes deadly work that built the railways of Italy.... Read more

Pope Francis opens a Holy Door at a Rome homeless shelter Dec. 18.

Want to find God? Seek him in the most needy, Pope Francis says

Dec 19, 2015

Speaking at a Rome homeless shelter, Pope Francis has said the humility of Jesus Christ’s birth shows that mankind can... Read more

Wedding bands.

The new annulment process went into effect this week

Dec 10, 2015

By Elise Harris

With the launch of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process have gone into effect, giving... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child 1 in St. Peter's Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015.

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

Dec 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

The day after opening the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated his general audience remarks to answering the question... Read more

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

Dec 9, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Is it simply having pity for someone or bending the rules? As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy kicks off,... Read more

Nuestra Senora Purisima de Lo Vasquez.

In Chile, massive Marian pilgrimage to open Year of Mercy

Dec 4, 2015

Hundreds of thousands in Chile will visit the Lo Vasquez Shrine this coming December 8 on the Solemnity of the... Read more