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Pope to Missionaries of Mercy: ‘Cover the Sinner With the Blanket of Mercy’

The Holy Father offered his reflections on their special role during the jubilee on Feb. 9. They will be given their official mandate during his Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 10.

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Pope to Priests: ‘Don’t Get Tired of Forgiving!’

Priests who are good confessors must recognize their own sins in order to forgive and comfort penitents, the Holy Father said in his homily Feb. 9 at Mass with Capuchin Franciscan friars from around the world.

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A Decentralized Church: What Would Be Acceptable?

NEWS ANALYSIS: An assessment of the positives and negatives of giving more power to bishops and their flocks.

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Why Do We Put Ashes on Our Heads?

COMMENTARY: The roots and meaning of Ash Wednesday.

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Pope Francis Offers Prayers in Wake of Taiwan Earthquake

The Holy Father sent his condolences to those affected by a deadly earthquake that struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on Saturday.

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Highest-Ranking American in Vatican Secretariat of State Appointed New Ambassador to South Africa

On Tuesday, Pope Francis named Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells to the new post.

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Hope Rises for Philly Catholic Schools as Enrollment Soars

A renewed agreement between the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Faith in the Future Foundation shows that traditional Catholic education can thrive with a new business model.

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Bishops Without Borders: European Elitism Gone Bad

COMMENTARY: Some in the Church hierarchy in Europe seem to have adopted the EU agenda as their own.

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Journalist With Microcephaly: Those With Condition Need Assistance, Not Be Aborted

Ana Carolina Cáceres, a Brazilian journalist, told the BBC’s she decided to become a writer to “be a spokesperson for microcephaly.”

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Pope Francis: ‘Padre Pio Was a Servant of Mercy’

‘The face of Padre Pio reflected the light of the Resurrection,’ the Holy Father told prayer groups on Saturday.

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Pope Appeals for ‘Martyred Country’ of Syria, Reminds Faithful to ‘Fear Not’

Francis advocated for the plight of Syrians, as well as trafficking persons, on Sunday, in addition to sending Lunar New Year greetings and reflecting on Jesus calling St. Peter to follow him.

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Member of Vatican Abuse Commission Takes Leave of Absence

A survivor of priestly sexual abuse, Peter Saunders reportedly became increasingly critical of the commission's process of reforming the Church's abuse protocol.

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