Holy Year of Mercy

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Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors of Bangui's cathedral Nov. 29.

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

Nov 29, 2015

“Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s... Read more

Pope Francis before the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica during the convocation of the Jubilee of Mercy, April 11, 2015.

Pope Francis to open Bangui's Holy Door while in Central African Republic

Nov 1, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis announced that he will jump-start the Jubilee of Mercy by opening the diocese of Bangui’s Holy... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Brazilian community of Varginha July 25, 2013.

Pope: all European churches to welcome refugees during Year of Mercy

Sep 6, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis Sunday issued a strong appeal to the entire European Church – including the Vatican – to take in... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver Jan. 17, 2015.

All priests will be able to forgive sin of abortion during Jubilee for Mercy

Sep 1, 2015

By Elise Harris

In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has made some significant... Read more

Pope Francis before the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica during the convocation of the Jubilee of Mercy, April 11, 2015.

Here's Pope Francis' schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy

Jul 21, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Twelve prominent events, each with the participation of Pope Francis, have been scheduled in Rome for the upcoming Jubilee of... Read more

Hedera Ice cream made for the Jubilee of Mercy.

Rome prepares for Holy Year of Mercy – with ice cream

May 7, 2015

Pilgrims and tourists strolling down the streets of Rome in the coming months may come across an unexpected treat –... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010.

On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Apr 16, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Celebration of Vespers on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday 2015.

Mercy inseparable from life, mission of the Church, says Pope

Apr 11, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis officially proclaimed the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy by reminding the faithful that mercy cannot be separated from... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Pope Francis: Now is the time for mercy

Apr 11, 2015

By Ann Schneible

In a world marked by suffering and fierce persecution – especially of Christians – now “is the time for mercy,”... Read more

General audience with Pope Francis on March 18, 2015.

Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy – so what does that mean?

Mar 18, 2015

The Pope's surprise announcement of a holy year for mercy has Catholics weighing in on the significance of the move,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before his general audience on April 16, 2014.

Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

Mar 13, 2015

By Elise Harris

During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of... Read more