Year of Mercy

Jubilee Year of Mercy

ROME -- As part of his personal observance of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis made an unannounced, "private" visit to a retirement home and to a group home for people in a persistent vegetative...

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time reflect the power of God's word to reveal mankind's hunger for God. A place in man's heart crying out for meaning and understanding: the first...

Pope Francis blessed a disabled man Jan. 13 at his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. In his first general audience of the new year, the pope began a series of talks on mercy, reflecting on its description in the Bible.

VATICAN CITY -- God's mercy is constant and limitless; He is faithful in His mercy for His children, even when they are unfaithful, Pope Francis said. The greatness and power of God unfolds in His...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the principal celebrant for Mass at the Carmel of St. Joseph as Discalced Carmelite Sister Zélie Marie-Louise made final profession. Sister Zélie Marie-Louise lay on the altar with her hands outstreched in cruciform as the Litany of Saints was sung.

This week we mark the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, and we will participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The readings for the...

VATICAN CITY -- God's ability to forgive "knows no limits" as His mercy frees people from bitterness and despair, Pope Francis said.

"The Church's forgiveness must be every bit as broad as...

Mike Eisenbath

The figure of the Pieta resides on the top shelf along the southwest wall of my living room, just a little higher and to the left of our 40-inch TV screen. Next to it stands a clear glass angel....

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass with the Curia Dec. 23 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

The Church celebrates the first martyr — St. Stephen — on Dec. 26. That his feast day is the day after Christmas is an important theological point. If you grasp it, the combination makes great...

Bishop Edward Rice opened the central doors of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to inaugurate the Year of Mercy Dec. 13

The following is the prepared text of a homily delivered by Bishop Rice on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Prior to Mass, Bishop Rice opened the center doors of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis...

Pope Francis presented a rose at an icon of Mary and the child Jesus as he began his general audience Dec. 9 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church needs the extraordinary Holy Year to become an effective witness of God's divine mercy, Pope Francis said.

"The jubilee is a favorable time for all of us...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson offered opening prayer before the keynote address at the Newman Convocation at St. Louis University. The keynote was delivered by Father Joseph A. Komonchak, right.

Blessed Pope Paul VI once said: "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." More...

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 8 to inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- On a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis' voice echoed in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica: "Open the gates of justice." With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson addressed participants Nov. 21 at the pastoral assembly about the beONE initiative. The beONE initiative is a framework to focus and advance four specific priorities in the Archdiocese of St. Louis: creating a culture of leadership, bolstering human dignity and social responsibility, advancing missionary discipleship and investing in education. Visit beone.archstl.org for more information.

"Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth" is one of the first things Pope Francis wrote in his letter announcing the Year of Mercy.

For most of us the critical question isn...

December 8 begins the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the universal Church. It will be our opportunity to deeply reflect on God's mercy and how we can be a merciful witness to others.

The special...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass with members of the archdiocesan curia at the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel in the Cardinal Rigali Center Nov. 19. Following the Mass was a staff enrichment day and a beONE presentation to archdiocesan employees.

A local Lutheran parish recently posted a message on its signboard. It read: Christ doesn't limit forgiveness to just one "Year of Mercy."

On one level, it might have been a jab at...



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