Why a Jubilee of Mercy? Because the Church needs it, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2015 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after opening the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated his general audience remarks to answering the question of why he called for a jubilee on the subject, saying the primary reason is simply because it’s needed. “Why a Jubilee of Mercy? What does this mean?” the Pope asked pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 9 for his weekly general audience.  The answer, he said, is … [Read more...]

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Saint Peter’s Basilica used in art display promoting beauty of nature

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2015 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the façade and dome of St. Peter’s Basilica were illuminated with images portraying man’s relation to nature – an event inspired by Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on care for our common home and set to coincide with major Church events. Titled “Fiat Lux (Let there be light): Illuminating Our Common Home,” the three-hour display took place the evening of Dec. 8, which marked a major … [Read more...]

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It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2015 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love. “This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace,” Pope Francis said in his homily for Mass, just before opening the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. “To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite … [Read more...]

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What challenges do women face at work? The Vatican takes a look

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A two-day Vatican workshop over the weekend explored the unique challenges faced by women as they balance work with family life, and what true equality for women looks like in the workplace. “It was easy in the old days to know who your enemy was. Everybody just called it 'the man' – 'the man' didn't want you to advance. But now it's not that simple,” said Helen Alvaré, law professor at … [Read more...]

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As ‘Vatileaks’ trial proceeds, Holy See spokesman explains Vatican justice system

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As a Vatican City trial over the leaking of private documents continues, the director of the Holy See Press Office has defended the trial and the judicial systems of the Vatican City State after the defendants criticized the process.   Father Federico Lombardi’s message, published Dec. 7, follows a hearing in the trial. The tribunal heard motions by the lawyers and discussed the approval of witnesses for the … [Read more...]

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The Year of Mercy: What’s it all about?

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the central aims of the Jubilee of Mercy will be to reorient the Sacrament of Confession back to the center of the Church's pastoral life, explained one official involved in organizing the year-long event. “Mercy is the tangible expression of God's love in the world,” said Fr. Geno Sylva, official for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE). “By placing … [Read more...]

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The Year of Mercy: What’s it all about?

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2015 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the central aims of the Jubilee of Mercy will be to reorient the Sacrament of Confession back to the center of the Church's pastoral life, explained one official involved in organizing the year-long event. “Mercy is the tangible expression of God's love in the world,” said Fr. Geno Sylva, official for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE). “By placing … [Read more...]

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