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Full text: Pope’s apostolic letter concluding Year of Mercy

The complete text of Misericordia et misera Misericordia et misera Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy FRANCIS TO ALL WHO READ THIS APOSTOLIC LETTER MERCY AND PEACE Misericordia et misera is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman






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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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‘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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Pope Francis asks homeless for forgiveness

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Speaking to 4,000 homeless people, he asked for a pardon for all those who ‘look the other way’. Pope Francis has asked for a pardon from homeless people for all the Christians who turn away from the poor. In a moving ceremony on Friday in a Vatican auditorium, Pope Francis stood silently with his head






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French bishop: Demolition of Calais Jungle necessary, but change of mentality towards refugees needed

Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said ‘unhealthy’ conditions meant the transfer of people from the camp was necessary A French bishop defended the demolition of a migrant camp in northern France while urging greater help for displaced refugees and a “change of mentality” toward asylum-seekers. Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said the transfer of people






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‘Pastors should not act like princes’, says Pope Francis

The Pontiff told his general audience that Church leaders should act like Jesus and be among the poor Clergy who use their position for personal gain rather than to help those in need do not follow the spirit of Jesus who took upon himself the sufferings of others, Pope Francis said. Jesus often would rebuke






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