Now is a time of mercy: Pope issues new Apostolic Letter

Papst schließt Hl. PforteVatican Radio) Although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year has concluded, we are still living in a “time of mercy.” That was the message of Pope Francis in a lengthy Apostolic Letter, entitled Misericordia et misera, (“Mercy and Misery”), issued on Monday following the close of the Year of Mercy.

The title refers to the encounter between Jesus and the woman caught in adultery, from the eighth chapter of the Gospel of Saint John. In his commentary on the Gospel, St Augustine said of that encounter, “The two of them” – Jesus and the woman – “remained alone: mercy with misery.” The teaching of this Gospel, the Pope said, “serves not only to throw light on the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, but also to point out the path that we are called to follow in the future.”

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English summary of Pope’s final Jubilee audience

Papst am Ende des Jahres der BarmherzigkeitVatican Radio) Pope Francis presided over the last special audience for the Jubilee of Mercy this morning, during which he called on Christians to witness to God’s mercy by being inclusive.

God, in his loving design, excludes no one, the Pope Francis to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square.

Just as we are made children in Christ through baptism, the Pope said, we in turn are called to show mercy and “include others in our life,” rather than becoming closed within ourselves and “our egotistical safety”.

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One of World’s Most Troubling Open Wounds Is Human Trafficking,’ Decries Pope

Papst bei Menschenhadel“One of the most troubling of the world’s open wounds is the trade in human beings, a modern form of slavery, which violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity”

Pope Francis stressed this today when receiving in audience the participants of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE).The group is in Rome, Nov. 6-12, for their 2nd European Assembly with the theme “Ending Trafficking Begins with Us.”

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Pope and President of LWF sign Joint statement

Pope in SchwedenVatican Radio) Pope Francis and Bishop Mounib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation signed a Joint Statement on Monday in which Catholics and Lutherans pledged to pursue their dialogue in order to remove the remaining obstacles that hinder them from reaching full unity. They also stressed their commitment to common witness on behalf of the poor, the needy and the victims of injustice. The Declaration was signed during the ecumenical prayer service held in Lund’s Lutheran Cathedral on the first day of the Pope’s visit to Sweden.

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Pope meets trafficking victims, encourages Santa Marta Group

Pope Santa Marta Group(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met in the Vatican on Thursday with participants at an international conference on combatting human trafficking. The Santa Marta Group, which organised the two day conference, was established in 2014 to pledge closer cooperation on anti-trafficking initiatives between the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies worldwide.
At a concluding press conference Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, one of the founding members of the group, and two survivors of human trafficking spoke of the progress that has been made over the past couple of years.
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