Tag Archives: Year of Mercy

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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No checks, no tips: just food, companionship at Beirut restaurant

By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — Every afternoon, Asma Khalil and her three children — refugees from Syria — walk a half-hour from their one-room dwelling through the tangled streets and alleyways of Bourj Hammoud, a … Continue reading

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Fighting over liturgy distorts purpose of Mass, papal liturgist says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When a choir director and parish priest differ over liturgical music, the choir should follow in good faith the wishes of the priest for the sake of unity, said the … Continue reading

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True Christian charity is more than just making donations, pope says

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

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Pope: Simple gestures, not superpowers, needed to start a revolution of mercy

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — 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 … Continue reading

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