Shrine profile – Divine Mercy Shrine of Sauk Centre

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

Forgive All Offenses/Injury

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Pope: Patch up family feuds, forgive, let go of painful past

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Let the Year of Mercy be the time to end all family feuds, to forgive each other and let bygones be bygones, Pope Francis said. “I think about so many brothers and sisters who are estranged from their families; they don’t speak to each other,” he said during his weekly general…

Church’s credibility found in showing mercy, pope says in new book

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being ministers of God’s mercy, church members overcome “prejudice and rigidity,” taking risks like Jesus did in order to heal and to save, Pope Francis said. In Jesus’ day, lepers were cast out of the community “to avoid contamination: the healthy needed to be protected,” but Jesus, at his own risk,…

Comfort the Afflicted

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Pope Francis’ 2015: Family, ecology, but mostly mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the Vatican and on five continents in 2015, Pope Francis continued to encourage and demonstrate a style of evangelization that emphasizes walking with people, listening to them and showing them God’s mercy. From the heart of the universal church to the heart of Africa, the pope showed how Christians with…

Pope Francis: The church needs this Holy Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs the extraordinary Holy Year to become an effective witness of God’s divine mercy, Pope Francis said. “The jubilee is a favorable time for all of us, so that in contemplating divine mercy, which surpasses every human limitation and shines in the darkness of sin, we may become…

What do we mean by ‘mercy’?

Pope Francis asked Catholics to “gaze attentively” on mercy to become a more effective sign of God’s action on earth. He said that “we need to constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity and peace. Our salvation depends on it.” To help honor his request, The Visitor asked a…

Shelter the Homeless/Welcome the Stranger

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