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Sister Sally speaks at the Jubilee for Workers of Mercy and Volunteers.

Only sister to survive Yemen attack: despite danger, 'we chose to stay'

Sep 3, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

A year before a March 4 attack killed four sisters, the Missionaries of Charity opted not to leave, but to... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to youth outside of Krakow's St. John Paul II Shrine, July 30, 2016.

God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

Jul 30, 2016

The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday... 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 waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his April 20, 2016 general audience.

Know the difference between sin and sinner, Pope Francis says

Apr 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 6, 2016.

Pope Francis says Christ's love is open to all – that's why we go to Confession

Apr 6, 2016

God’s mercy is for everyone, and Jesus Christ is proof, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.  Read more

Professor Saeed Khan spoke at Cor unum convention on the 10th anniversary of "Deus caritas est" Feb. 25-26, 2016.

Is a Catholic concept of mercy at the heart of true Islam?

Feb 27, 2016

By Elise Harris

Professor Saeed Khan, an expert in Islam, has said that mercy is the core of the Muslim faith – a... Read more

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

Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Feb 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor,... 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 embraces a child at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 16, 2015.

Pope: Remember the spiritual as much as the corporal works of mercy

Jan 29, 2016

Speaking to the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Friday, Pope Francis spoke of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on Nov. 29, 2014.

Pope rallies Catholics to be 'mediators of mercy' during jubilee

Jan 27, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal for faithful to put the works of mercy into practice during the jubilee,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience June 24, 2015.

What's the first step to good communication? Listening, Pope says

Jan 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

For Pope Francis, the ability to listen is the first requirement for good communication, which is something he said should... Read more

'The Name of God is Mercy' book debut at the Augustinianum on Jan. 12, 2016.

What Pope Francis' book could tell us about the upcoming synod doc

Jan 13, 2016

By Elise Harris

As things are picking up around the Vatican in the new year, anticipation is buzzing over the release of Pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience Jan. 13, 2016.

Nothing can stop God's mercy – not even sin, Pope says

Jan 13, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis launched a new series of catechesis on mercy for his general audiences, telling pilgrims that the... Read more

Pope Francis goes to Confession during a penitential celebration at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

All the faithful can receive God's love in confession – Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2016

By Ann Schneible

God's love is offered to everyone who goes to the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis said in his new book... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peters Square before the Wed. general audience April 16, 2014.

We're wounded – that’s why we need mercy, Pope Francis says

Jan 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his new book on mercy Pope Francis offers extensive reflections on the topic that has shaped much of his... Read more

Rosa Parks, with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the background, c. 1955.

Fighting injustice 'is going to hurt' – the legacy of Rosa Parks

Dec 3, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The legacy of Rosa Parks, 60 years after her arrest for civil disobedience, is that Catholics must fight injustice even... Read more

'Confess-a-thon' at Colombian mall draws 350 priests

Oct 14, 2015

In the South American nation of Colombia – where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic –... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience June 24, 2015.

Pope Francis will arrive to Cuba as a 'missionary of mercy'

Sep 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

On the eve of his arrival to Cuba Pope Francis sent a video message to the small island nation, expressing... Read more

Homeless children on the street in Manila, Philippines Jan. 18, 2015.

Francis: Sex workers, abandoned children are a result of our indifference

Sep 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis said that abandoned children and exploited sex workers forced to live on the street are a... Read more

Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Twenty years after bombing, Oklahoma City archbishop calls for mercy to temper justice

Apr 20, 2015

As the Oklahoma City community continues to heal two decades after the horrific bombing that claimed the lives of 168... Read more