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Year of Mercy, Continued

This week, the United States will inaugurate its 45th president. It will officially mark the end of a very long—and nasty—election season. A season that, let’s be honest, did not showcase our kindest and most caring behavior.
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Forgiveness and Mercy: A Holy Union

Image: Israel Tourism. Each year I’m privileged to visit the Holy Land to promote the nearly 800-year-old mission of the Franciscans there. With each visit, I discover something new. God is always at work, opening up new insights for any pilgrim who visits this ancient land. This spring I spent nearly a week with the friars who live at and minister in the great Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. During my stay I explored this modern church—consecrated in 1969—each day with my camera, photographing the contemporary artwork and striking architecture which helps the visitor come closer to the mystery of the Incarnation.
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Pope Francis: ‘Build Mercy in the Home’

Image: creativevix.com. Pope Francis cares deeply about the health and happiness of today’s families. Just seven months into his papacy, he announced that he would host an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the pastoral challenges facing modern families. Only twice before in the fifty years since Pope Paul VI established the Synod of Bishops has a pope called an “extraordinary” synod, which signals the urgency and importance of the chosen theme. The discussions on the family began in October 2013 in Rome, and they have since sparked conversations in millions of homes and parishes around the world.
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Year of Mercy: Holding Out for Hope in Nepal

Image: Women in Sanogoan, Nepal, stack blocks that will be used to build new homes in this March 15 photo. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) A year after an earthquake toppled them to the ground, the stones that once formed Sarita Majhi's simple house are stacked neatly in a pile, waiting to be used to once again build a house for the woman and her two small children. For now, Majhi lives in a temporary hut formed from sheets of tin roofing and a sun-bleached tarpaulin. Her husband went off to work in Saudi Arabia before the quake, and in its aftermath told her he's not returning home to their village of Kumpur west of the capital. 
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Mercy: A Force that Overcomes Everything

Image: Basilica of the Anunciation, Nazareth. flickr. Each year I’m privileged to visit the Holy Land to promote the nearly 800-year-old mission of the Franciscans there. With each visit, I discover something new. God is always at work, opening up new insights for any pilgrim who visits this ancient land. This past spring, I spent nearly a week with the friars who live at and minister in the great Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. During my stay I explored this modern church—consecrated in 1969—each day with my camera, photographing the contemporary artwork and striking architecture which helps the visitor come closer to the mystery of the Incarnation.
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The Blessings of Service

Image: CNS. One of the easiest things for me to forget to emphasize in my faith life is service to others. I’m usually good about serving others in small ways in my everyday life, like holding doors for other people, saying hello to people I pass on the street, and so on. But I know that’s not all the Lord has called me to do for others.
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Year of Mercy: 'You Visited Me'

Image; Pope Francis greets prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) When Pope Francis makes a stop at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia in September as part of his U.S. visit, it may seem like part of the pope’s usual routine. His visits to prisons as part of his pastoral journeys to other countries has become part and parcel of the pope’s style, just as it had been for St. John Paul II to visit pockets of the Polish diaspora during his well-traveled pontificate. But visiting fellow countrymen once removed is one thing. Visiting criminals and crime suspects is quite another.
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Year of Mercy: Watershed of Grace in Flint

Image: Residents of Flint, Mich., watch a live feed of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy testify March 17 in Washington at House hearing on the water crisis in Flint, Mich. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters) The ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is a reminder for Catholics in suburban parishes of their responsibility in this Year of Mercy to reach out to people in need in urban centers, said Father David A. Hannes. The parish, which is in the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, has strong links to Flint. It was founded there in the early 20th century; its first church was built in the city center in 1917, at the corner of North Street and Addison Street.
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Pope Francis on Mercy

Image: Pope Francis blesses a child during a special audience with members of Doctors with Africa at the Vatican May 7. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)  The following are excerpts from A Year of Mercy: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Diane M. Houdek and published by Franciscan Media.
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Year of Mercy: Nourishing Body and Spirit

A Zimbabwean man walks through his drought-affected corn field outside Harare Jan. 20. (CNS photo/Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters) With poverty on the rise and a drought compounding Zimbabwe's problems, people are struggling to make ends meet, and the poor are becoming poorer, church workers said. In Zimbabwe's hospitals and other health facilities, "patients need to pay for everything: painkillers, drips, injections and scans," said Getrude Chimange, coordinator of the justice and peace commission in Mutare Diocese.
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