Jubilee of Mercy

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Confession on Divine Mercy Sunday in St. Peter's Square, April 3, 2016.

Remember the missionaries of mercy? Here's what they've been up to

Apr 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

Hundreds of Pope Francis' missionaries of mercy are gathering at the Vatican in coming days for formation and fellowship, for... Read more

More than just giving – World Day of the Poor highlights change of attitude

Nov 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

As the Church prepares to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor, an event announced by Pope Francis last... Read more

Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and Saint Leopold Mandic at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Outside-the-Walls in Rome, Italy on February 3, 2016.

Crippling disease brought this priest to the confessional – and then sainthood

Dec 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

Although St. Leopold is less recognizable than his Capuchin brother St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Leopold’s life is a moving... Read more

Children in South Sudan, which has suffered civil war since December 2013.

Year of Mercy was especially needed in South Sudan, bishop notes

Dec 14, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The Jubilee Year of Mercy was observed throughout the world but one bishop in South Sudan, suffering from war and... Read more

Priests concelebrate with Pope Francis during the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica March 24, 2016.

Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion, SSPX confession

Nov 21, 2016

Although the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the novelties he applied in the... Read more

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 20, 2016.

At close of Jubilee, Pope Francis says it’s a reminder of what’s essential

Nov 20, 2016

On Sunday Pope Francis closed the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, officially marking the end of the Jubilee of... Read more

Pope Francis elevates 17 new cardinals during the Nov. 19, 2016, consistory.

Pope warns new cardinals against falling into polemics, division

Nov 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis handed a red hat to 17 new cardinals, warning them against the danger of falling into... Read more

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

In new interview, Pope reflects on close of Jubilee

Nov 18, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a lengthy new interview, Pope Francis opened up about his thoughts on the Jubilee of Mercy as well as... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Nov. 16, 2016, general audience.

Pope reminds Catholics to practice what they preach

Nov 16, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The spiritual works of mercy – especially teaching the faith and putting up with the annoyances of others – are... Read more

The Jubilee Mass for the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 13, 2016.

Homeless persons find a spiritual father in Pope Francis

Nov 14, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Always close to his heart, around 3,600 homeless men and women were given the chance to be also physically near... Read more

Pope Francis meets former priests and their families at an apartment in Rome's Ponte di Nona neighborhood as his last Mercy Friday initiative, Nov. 11, 2016.

On last Mercy Friday, Francis meets men who left the priesthood

Nov 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

For his last “Mercy Friday” during the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis spent the afternoon visiting seven young men who... Read more

Pope Francis gives a rosary to a disabled child during his general audience Feb. 24, 2016.

We have to meet people where they are, Pope Francis says

Nov 9, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that in order to be more like Jesus, we must not be indifferent to others,... Read more

Pope Francis receives a cross made by an inmate at the CeReSo n. 3 prison in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 17, 2016.

Pope asks authorities to grant clemency for prisoners during Jubilee

Nov 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

After celebrating Mass for prisoners in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis in his Angelus address appealed for better prison conditions... Read more

Prisoners serve at Mass with Pope Francis Nov. 6, 2016, for the Jubilee of Prisoners.

During jubilee for prisoners, Pope tells inmates not to lose hope

Nov 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday, Pope Francis held a special Mass held for prisoners inside St. Peter’s Basilica, telling them that while paying... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Rebibbia prison in Rome, April 2, 2015.

Prisoners to be Pope Francis' special guests at Mass in St. Peter's

Nov 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Nov. 6, a special Jubilee for Prisoners will be celebrated at the Vatican, drawing detainees and their families from... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Pope Francis: don't interrupt others – it won't end well

Oct 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

Dialogue is a key element of mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we interrupt others in order to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience May 28, 2014.

The reality of poverty is challenging, but don't avoid it, Pope says

Oct 19, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that while donating money to charity might make us feel good, seeing real poverty in... Read more

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Have grandkids? Pope Francis wants you to talk with them

Oct 15, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Saturday, Pope Francis told grandparents that they are valuable and that their wisdom should be shared with the younger... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, June 22, 2016.

Pope Francis’ delayed Milan trip to take place in March

Oct 15, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

After having to postpone the trip earlier this year, because of an over-full schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis visits children at the SOS Village in Rome, Oct. 14, 2016.

Pope visits young children from difficult family situations

Oct 14, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday Pope Francis visited with young children at the “SOS Village” in Rome, a community made up of homes... Read more