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Pope Francis closes Holy Door to end Year of Mercy

The Pope said the doors of reconciliation should stay open Pope Francis has pulled shut the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, formally ending the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In his homily during Sunday morning Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said that while the year of special prayers and gatherings has ended, people should never close






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Bernini statue commissioned by Pope Alexander VII vandalised

The Elephant and Obelisk statue is situated near the Pantheon in Rome Police in Rome are investigating the apparent vandalism of the famed Elephant and Obelisk statue designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon in Rome Rome’s cultural authorities said on Monday that overnight vandals broke off the tip






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‘The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality’ – Holy Doors close at the conclusion of the Year of Mercy

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As Holy Doors close in churches and basilicas around the world, including in Rome, it is estimated that over 20 million people participated in the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican – and a billion people may have participated in churches worldwide. According to Msgr. Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for






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Vatican and Church in Argentina to open ‘dirty war’ archives

The decision to make the archives available was taken at the express direction of Pope Francis The Vatican and Argentina’s bishops have finished cataloguing their archives from the country’s “dirty war" and will soon make them available to victims and their relatives who have long accused the Church of complicity with the military dictatorship. A joint statement on






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