Jubilee Year of Mercy

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Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Pope Francis: when you say 'love,' do you really know what it means?

Jan 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

Love was the center of Pope Francis’ second daily homily after taking a break for Christmas - he said the word... 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

Mother Teresa circa 1994.

It’s official! Mother Teresa is going to be canonized

Dec 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

After months of anticipation, the miracle allowing for the canonization of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta has officially been approved... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 16, 2015.

How does God show mercy to us? Through the Church, Pope says

Dec 16, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The Church is the “living sign” of God's love and mercy in the world, Pope Francis said during his Wednesday... Read more

Mass said at the Catholic Sanctuary of Martyrs, Namugongo, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015.

How can we live the Year of Mercy? Suggestions from Southern Africa’s bishops

Dec 12, 2015

The Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time to reach out to others as “missionaries of God’s mercy,” the Southern... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014.

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

Dec 10, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced today that due to Pope Francis’ busy schedule during the Jubilee of Mercy, he has decided to... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the Vatican's Synod Hall, Nov. 17, 2014.

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

Dec 10, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At the opening of the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for... 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

Pope Francis prays after opening the Holy Door in St. Peters Basilica Dec. 8, 2015 launching the extraordinary jubilee of mercy.

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

Dec 8, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover... Read more

Pope Francis goes to confession as part of a penitential mass at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 28, 2014.

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

Dec 7, 2015

By Ann Schneible

One of the central aims of the Jubilee of Mercy will be to reorient the Sacrament of Confession back to... Read more

Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

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

Dec 5, 2015

The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy... Read more

Marijuana, cocaine, and counterfeit currency seized in Federal Police raids in Buenos Aires, February 2013.

What Argentina's bishops are proposing to drug traffickers

Dec 3, 2015

The Argentine bishops' conference issued “a strong call to conversion” to those involved in drug trafficking and dealing, urging them... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 7, 2015.

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

Dec 2, 2015

Pope Francis has granted an interview to the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy, in which he expresses his... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 2, 2015.

Pope to Church: Don't act like you're on lockdown

Nov 18, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis Wednesday centered his weekly catechesis on the upcoming Year of Mercy, urging the Church not only to keep... 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 before the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica during the convocation of the Jubilee of Mercy, April 11, 2015.

Mercy, dialogue to be the focus of World Communications Day

Sep 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

Announced Tuesday, this year’s theme for World Communications Day is inspired by the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and stresses that... Read more

Pope Francis outside the Naples cathedral, March 21, 2015.

In Cuba, Pope Francis will be a 'Missionary of Mercy'

Sep 10, 2015

The Cuban bishops have announced that the theme for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their nation will be “Missionary... Read more

Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica for the convocation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, April 11, 2015.

Are dialogue and reconciliation with the SSPX part of the Jubilee for Mercy?

Sep 3, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis' decision that during the Jubilee Year of Mercy the faithful can receive absolution from priests of the Society... Read more