Jubilee of Mercy

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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

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

Pope pleads for ceasefire amid 'inhuman conflict' in Syria

Oct 12, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday, Pope Francis begged for an end to the terrible conflict in Syria, asking for an immediate ceasefire to... Read more

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience with Pope Francis on April 22, 2015.

Mary imitated God through service, Pope says

Oct 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

During a special Jubilee weekend dedicated to Mary, Pope Francis said Mary was not only Christ’s mother, but also his... 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

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Being 'merciful like the Father' isn't a slogan – it's a way of life, Pope says

Sep 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the theme of the Jubilee of Mercy, “Merciful like the Father,” telling pilgrims that... Read more

Pope Francis visited the neonatology ward of San Giovanni in Rome, Sept. 16, 2016.

Pope visits neonatal unit, hospice to highlight respect for life

Sep 16, 2016

On Friday, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an audience with workers and volunteers of mercy Sept. 3, 2016.

Pope: Calvary isn’t just a painting on the wall – it’s the reality of the poor

Sep 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

Mercy is not an abstract idea, but is rather expressed in concrete actions of love toward the poor and needy,... 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 meets with former prostitutes assisted by the Pope John XXIII Community in Rome Aug. 12, 2016.

Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

Aug 12, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’... 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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his jubilee general audience March 12, 2016.

The Good Samaritan isn't just a parable, it's a way of life, Pope says

Jul 10, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Samaritan isn’t just a nice passage to reflect on, but... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his June 30, 2016 Jubilee general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Mercy without works is dead, Pope Francis says

Jun 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his Jubilee general audience for the month of June, Pope Francis focused his speech on the works of mercy... Read more

Pope Francis visits the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome, June 17, 2016.

Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Jun 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his June 15, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Are you 'bothered' by the cry of the poor? If so, it’s a problem, Pope says

Jun 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said Wednesday that we must listen to the cries of the poor and needy, resisting the temptation to... Read more

Pope Francis greets participants of the Convention for Persons with Disabilities at the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, June 11, 2016.

Pope Francis calls it – discrimination against the disabled is 'ugly'

Jun 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

No single person is more valuable than another, especially when it comes to those with disabilities, Pope Francis said on... Read more

Tapestries of St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad during their June 5, 2016, canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square.

New saints show the power of Jesus' resurrection, Pope Francis says

Jun 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

St. Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary and St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad are key examples of how to unite oneself to... Read more

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

You have my gratitude, Pope Francis tells prison chaplains

Jun 1, 2016

Pope Francis has sent a special message to support the work of prison chaplains during the Year of Mercy.  Read more

Bishop Jacob Muricken, auxiliary bishop of the Syro-Malabarese Diocese of Palai, who is donating his kidney in a June 1, 2016 surgery.

This bishop in India is donating his kidney to save a Hindu life

Jun 1, 2016

A Syro-Malabar Catholic bishop from the southern Indian state of Kerala has a special way to celebrate the Year of... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons May 29, 2016 in St. Peter's Square.

Want to be a good servant? Be generous, Pope Francis tells deacons

May 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated a special jubilee for deacons, telling them that a good servant is one who forgets... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his May 25, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

May 25, 2016

By Elise Harris

For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do... Read more