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This London Catholic school uses its garden to feed homeless

Dec 20, 2018

A Catholic school in London has turned its horticulture lessons into meals for the homeless.  Read more

Pope Francis blesses a home in Ostia, Italy, May 19, 2017.

In surprise 'mercy Friday' visit, Pope Francis blesses homes of Rome's poor

May 19, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Friday Pope Francis made a Year-of-Mercy style visit to a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome, blessing the... Read more

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

Pope Francis: we all have doubts, but living the faith helps

Nov 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

While the Jubilee might be over, Pope Francis hasn’t stopped talking about mercy, telling faithful Wednesday that the works of... 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

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 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

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

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 declares care for creation a new work of mercy

Sep 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis yet again showed his knack for surprises and his openness to “newness” by adding the care... 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 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 kisses a child in St. Peter's Square during the General Audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope urges teens to practice works of mercy

Apr 23, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the... 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

Mercy In The City by Kerry Weber.

Editor shares life-changing Lenten challenge in new book

Mar 6, 2014

By Kate Veik

A New York-based Catholic editor says her experience with the corporal works of mercy two Lenten seasons ago transformed her... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Works of mercy caress, bind Christ's wounds, Pope teaches

Jul 3, 2013

On the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, Pope Francis said that encountering Christ is done by reaching out to... Read more

Catholic University students use spring break to serve

Mar 8, 2013

Almost 100 students and staff at the Catholic University of America are giving up their spring break to take part... Read more