Year of Mercy

Jubilee Year of Mercy

A tapestry of St. Teresa of Kolkata was seen on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis celebrated her canonization Mass Sept. 4 at the Vatican. St. Teresa’s canonization was a highlight of the Year of Mercy.

VATICAN CITY — The Year of Mercy brought more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, but for Pope Francis, the idea always was that the celebration of God's mercy would be local: Have people experience...

Pope Francis closed the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the closing of the jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican Nov. 20.

VATICAN CITY — Following Christ the King, whose regal power is love and mercy, means the whole Church and each Christian must "follow his way of tangible love," Pope Francis said.

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Bishop Edward Rice opened the central doors of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to inaugurate a Year of Mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis.

With the Year of Mercy ending Nov. 20, local pilgrimage sites reflected on how the year had an impact on Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

During the Year of Mercy, Catholics were...

Pope Francis delivered his blessing at his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 23.

VATICAN CITY — Everyone experiences doubts about the faith at times — "I have" many times, Pope Francis said — but such doubts can be "a sign that we want to know God better and more deeply."...

Pope Francis plays table soccer with a young resident during an Oct. 14 visit to Rome’s SOS Children’s Village. The village, which includes five houses, attempts to provide a home-like atmosphere for children under the age of 12 whose parents cannot care for them.

The U.S. bishops' website doesn't hold back when addressing the topic of mercy.

"We say that God is compassionate, but we ignore the poor. We say that God loves us and has mercy on us, but...

Pope Francis signed an apostolic letter, "Misericordia et Misera," (Mercy and Misery) after celebrating the closing Mass of the jubilee Year of Mercy in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 20. In the letter the pope called for several special initiatives begun during the Year of Mercy to continue on a permanent basis.

VATICAN CITY -- Acknowledging and sharing God's mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said.

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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.

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...

WASHINGTON — Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the theme this year is "Moved by Mercy."

It draws on a quote from Pope...

I noticed a curious phenomenon shortly after the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began in December. Virtually every day, in something I read or heard, the word "mercy" appeared. The reference was...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — In celebration of the Year of Mercy and the gift of the Eucharist, tens of thousands of people attended the 2016 Eucharistic Congress of the Archdiocese of Atlanta June 3-4 at...

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A sister knelt in adoration at Mount Grace convent, home of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are invited to make a pilgrimage as a sign of fostering our faith and deepening our understanding of Christ's mercy.

But what if that pilgrimage were inside...



An excerpt from Pope Francis' announcement of the Year of Mercy, March 13, 2015

Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful" (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!

This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church's journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.

I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God's mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God. 

- Pope Francis