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Pope: Reflections on mercy may be over, but compassion must live on

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Year of Mercy and its series of papal reflections may be over, but compassion and acts of mercy must continue and become a part of everyone’s daily lives, Pope … Continue reading

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Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world — and sometimes a church — often marked by hostility … Continue reading

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Bishop’s pastoral visit to inmates part of Year of Mercy outreach

By Sam Lucero Catholic News Service REDGRANITE, Wis. (CNS) — Behind a makeshift altar standing in the shadows of a basketball hoop, Bishop David L. Ricken celebrated Mass in a gymnasium that could have been mistaken for any Catholic school … Continue reading

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Becoming cardinal is call to share mercy, cardinal-designate says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Being created a cardinal in the Year of Mercy brings with it an obligation to continue to proclaim and share God’s mercy with others, said Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin. The current … Continue reading

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Admonish sin without putting on airs or being hypocrite, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Offering counsel and admonishing sinners are works of mercy, but they are not a license to pretend to be better than others, Pope Francis said. To counsel others is a … Continue reading

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Forgive us for looking the other way, pope tells homeless people

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Looking directly at thousands of homeless and marginalized persons, Pope Francis asked for their forgiveness for failures to recognize their dignity and alleviate their suffering. “I ask your forgiveness … Continue reading

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Christians called to restore dignity to sick, imprisoned, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — 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 … Continue reading

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Mercy Fridays give pope a year of stories, tears, hugs

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — 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, … Continue reading

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Deceased cardinals, bishops witnessed to God’s mercy, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year, Pope Francis urged people to remember the priestly witness they gave. Some of the bishops, he said, had been … Continue reading

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Walls aren’t answer to people fleeing war, climate change, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer — in fact, it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said. “The only way for resolution … Continue reading

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