Year of Mercy

Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis ordained 11 priests at a Mass April 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Nine were ordained for the Diocese of Rome and two for the Rogationist religious order.

VATICAN CITY — Christians must look to their own sins and failings and not fall into the temptation of hypocrisy that causes them to believe they are better than others, Pope Francis said.

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God's mercy

An early spring snow shower spread a blanket of pure white snow across our unsightly, leaf-littered backyard, a reminder of the transformative power of God's...

Priests of the Archdiocese of St. Louis gathered with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at the Cathedral Basilica for the annual Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of priests with their bishop. At the Mass, Archbishop Carlson blessed three oils — the oil of catechumens (“oleum catechumenorum” or “oleum sanctorum”), the oil of the infirm (“oleum infirmorum”) and holy chrism (“sacrum chrisma”) — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the archdiocese for the year. This tradition is rooted in the early Church.

In thinking about the feast of the Annunciation — when Gabriel came to Mary and proposed the Father's plan that she be the mother of God — do you ever wonder: What if Mary had said "no"?

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Bishop Robert J. Hermann

God's mercy explodes upon the apostles in the Upper Room on Easter Sunday night when Christ appears to them in His resurrected body and says, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are...

We were tricked. We thought that we could take it easy now that Lent is over. But when we study the meaning of Easter, we realize that what we were doing in Lent is actually what we needed to do...

Francis blessed a woman while meeting the disabled during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 23.

VATICAN CITY — God's love is limitless and Holy Week services offer Catholics a deeper understanding of his infinite mercy, Pope Francis said.

The Easter Triduum is a memorial to a love...

On Feb. 26, Pope Francis visited the San Carlo Community, a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Rome near Castel Gandolfo, Italy. The pope encouraged the 55 patients to trust God’s mercy to keep them strong.

VATICAN CITY — In the second of his "Mercy Friday" gestures, Pope Francis spent two hours with a group of young adults at a Catholic-run residential drug rehabilitation center.

To the...

Students from the Austrian program of Franciscan University of Steubenville reacted as Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience March 2 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Speaking out against exploitation and unfair wages for workers, Pope Francis told benefactors to forget about donating money to the Church if their earnings came from mistreating...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

So, how's your Lent coming?

If it needs a kickstart, here are two ideas.

First: It isn't too late to start. One of the enemy's tactics is to tell us that if we didn't start on time,...

Pope Francis, right, and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston celebrated Mass with Capuchin friars Feb. 9 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — A jubilee year that does not open people's wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Feb. 10 in St...

Pope Francis posed with U.N. troops from Argentina Feb. 3 at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — God doesn't want to condemn anyone; He wants to save every person in the entire world, Pope Francis said.

"The problem is letting Him enter one's heart" to transform one's...

Pope Francis greeted people at an audience for pilgrimage workers Jan. 21 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- Let the Year of Mercy be the time to end all family feuds, to forgive each other and let bygones be bygones, Pope Francis said.

"I think about so many brothers and sisters...

Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice, left, and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson stood along the fence outside of Planned Parenthood as they prayed for an end to abortion. About 1,000 Generation Life youths prayed at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis before marching in pilgrimage to pray at Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Boulevard.

As we begin February, more people probably are thinking about spring training than about Lent. But it's time to think about both, and it's a good idea to think about them together.

In one...

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time show God calling us in the depths of our being, as in the first reading. By calling Jeremiah, God also calls us. Before we were born, God knew us...



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