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Pope Francis celebrated Mass Nov. 13 in St. Peter’s Basilica. Christians persevere in hope and love — no matter what upheavals and difficulties arise, he said in the homily
November 17, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Offering counsel and admonishing sinners are works of mercy, but they aren't a license to pretend to be better than others, Pope Francis said.

To counsel others is a chance to see how well you, too, measure up to essential standards, he said Nov. 16...

Pope Francis talked with residents on a visit May 13 at the “Chicco” Community in Ciampino, Italy, for his monthly Mercy Friday in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The community was founded in 1981 and houses 18 people with intellectual challenges.
November 10, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Tears, prayers, caresses — but most of all, listening — were the hallmarks of Pope Francis' "Mercy Friday" visits during the Year of Mercy.

As the jubilee began last December, Pope Francis said he would ditch the media one Friday afternoon each...

Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience Nov. 9 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope’s catechesis focused on two works of mercy, visiting the sick and visiting the imprisoned.
November 10, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Visiting the sick and the imprisoned are works of mercy that not only benefit the suffering and the abandoned, but benefit the visitors who are enriched by being with those who suffer like Christ, Pope Francis said.

While the works of mercy are...

Pope Francis embraced the Rev. Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, at an ecumenical prayer service Oct. 31 at the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Sweden.
November 03, 2016

MALMO, Sweden — The sheet of ice and the penalty boxes were gone from Malmo Arena Oct. 31 as Catholics and Lutherans filled the stands and promised to work together for peace — particularly in Syria — and for justice — especially for refugees.

Pope Francis and...

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Rome’s Prima Porta cemetery Nov. 2, the feast of All Souls.
November 03, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Visiting a cemetery on the feast of All Souls can evoke feelings of loss and sadness, but for Christians marking the feast, it also is an affirmation of hope in the resurrection, Pope Francis said.

Through His death on the cross, Jesus "opened for...

Pope Francis lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 26. The pope’s catechesis focused on welcoming the stranger and clothing the naked, two of the corporal works of mercy.
October 27, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer — it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said.

"The only way for resolution is through solidarity," where everyone pitches in because "all together we are a...

Mosaic ceiling in the lower chapel of Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
October 25, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person's identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place....

Pope Francis walked to the stage to lead his general audience Oct. 19 in St. Peter’s Square.
October 20, 2016

VATICAN CITY — While donation campaigns and charitable contributions for the needy are important, true Christian charity involves a more personal touch, Pope Francis said.

Coming face to face with the poor may pose a challenge and tempt people to turn the other...

Pope Francis kisses a crying child during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 12. The pope called for an immediate cease-fire in Syria so that civilians can be rescued.
October 13, 2016

VATICAN CITY — All it takes is just one person carrying out one simple, loving act of mercy every day to start a revolution and stamp out the "virus of indifference," Pope Francis said.

Sharing God's mercy is not about expending a huge amount of effort or...

October 10, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life; and Archbishop...

A dog licks Pope Francis as he meets members of an agility dog club during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 5.
October 06, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to follow the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, who helped draw people to Jesus by way of attraction, not by proselytizing, Pope Francis said.

She was a reminder that an authentic witness is proclaimed through a union with...

Pope Francis celebrates Mass Sept. 27 in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican. Don't respond to grief or anguish with pills, alcohol or avoidance, Pope Francis said during his homily.
September 29, 2016

VATICAN CITY — The Church is not just for people who are good, who think they're good or pretend to be good, it is for everyone, especially the bad because the Church is mercy, Pope Francis said.

No one is excluded from God's forgiveness, even the worst sinners,...

Pope Francis talks with Patriarch Efrem II of the Syriac-Orthodox Church as religious leaders arrive for an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Sept. 20. The pope and other religious leaders participated in the event that marked the 30th anniversary of St. John Paul II's Assisi interfaith peace gathering.
September 22, 2016

ASSISI, Italy — Jesus' cry of thirst on the cross is heard today in the cries of innocent victims of war in the world, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to contemplate Christ in "the voice of the suffering, the hidden cry of the little innocent ones to whom...

Pope Francis holds a baby as he visits the neonatal unit at San Giovanni Hospital in Rome Sept. 16. The visit was part of the pope's series of Friday works of mercy during the Holy Year.
September 22, 2016

VATICAN CITY — God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.

"We don't have the power to condemn our brother who makes a mistake, we are not above him. Rather we have a duty to return him to the...

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Rouen, France, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 14. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen and 80 pilgrims from his archdiocese were present when the pope celebrated a memorial Mass for Father Jacques Hamel, who was killed July 26 by terrorists.
September 15, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Clergy who use their position for personal gain rather than to help those in need do not follow the spirit of Jesus who took upon Himself the sufferings of others, Pope Francis said.

Jesus often would rebuke such leaders and warned His followers to...

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, Pope Francis proposed adding the care of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy. He stated that care for creation requires “a grateful contemplation of God’s world,” such as this mountain scene in Idaho.
September 02, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

As a spiritual work of mercy, the pope said...

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