Tag: Year of Mercy

Vatican says 3.9 million pilgrims visited during Jubilee year

Vatican says 3.9 million pilgrims visited during Jubilee year

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

More than 3.9 million pilgrims visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016, the Vatican said.

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Newly engaged couple among local Holy Doors’ final pilgrims

Newly engaged couple among local Holy Doors’ final pilgrims

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hundreds filled the front steps of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis Nov. 20 following Mass to witness the closing of the church’s Holy Doors, marking the end of the jubilee Year of Mercy. Among them were Jonathan Thompson and Julia Waletzko, who had held hands and grinned as they passed through the doors a final time. The pair, who met at the Basilica at a Bible study on Valentine’s Day, had gotten engaged just hours earlier.

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Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession

Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession

| Cindy Wooden | November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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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Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says

Year of Mercy affirmed dignity, sacredness of human life, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | November 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Visiting young women rescued from forced prostitution and meeting with a mother inconsolable over the loss of one of her newborn triplets are images from the Year of Mercy that Pope Francis said remain impressed on his heart.

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Time of mercy: Holy doors close, but mission of mercy continues

Time of mercy: Holy doors close, but mission of mercy continues

| Cindy Wooden | November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 God’s love in their parishes and send them out into the world to commit random acts of mercy.

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Forgive us for looking other way, pope tells homeless people

Forgive us for looking other way, pope tells homeless people

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

“I ask your forgiveness if I have ever offended you with my words or for not having said something that I should have,” the pope said Nov. 11 during an audience with pilgrims attending special Year of Mercy events for people who are homeless or otherwise socially excluded.

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Pope’s last ‘Mercy Friday’ visit is with former priests, their families

Pope’s last ‘Mercy Friday’ visit is with former priests, their families

| Cindy Wooden | November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nearing the end of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis paid a visit to seven families formed by men who left the priesthood to marry. The Vatican said the visit was a sign that God loves and is merciful to everyone experiencing difficulty.

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Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes a fruitful pilgrimage for area Catholics

Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes a fruitful pilgrimage for area Catholics

| November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

For Jesus Christ to offer humankind his mercy, it took offering his pain and suffering from his passion and death on the cross.

Pope Francis called the world to “constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy” in his papal Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which will conclude Nov. 20 on the feast of Christ the King. The Holy Father wrote, “At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.”

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‘You are the disciple Jesus loves’

‘You are the disciple Jesus loves’

| Alyssa Bormes | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Just recently, three women gave me a ride. One of the women asked a question that began a conversation about suffering. This later prompted an email to me from one of them who was aching both physically and spiritually. She was then about to have — and has now had — a surgery that has uncovered the need for another, more aggressive surgery. The physical pain has tapped into the spiritual pain. It nearly always does.

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Icon prompts prayer, reflection during Year of Mercy

Icon prompts prayer, reflection during Year of Mercy

| November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Year of Mercy-inspired icon has been visiting parishes around the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and will be featured at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis Nov. 20 for the closing Mass of the Year of Mercy.

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Becoming the holy doors of Christ’s mercy

Becoming the holy doors of Christ’s mercy

| Alyssa Bormes | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

During this jubilee Year of Mercy, there is a particular gift we have been given — Holy Doors!

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Mercy … to the ends of the earth

Mercy … to the ends of the earth

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Where are the mission fields today? How do we know where to go to bring the Gospel to our world? We could take inspiration from Jesus’ parting words to his friends, “ … you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

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