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Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope says a 'good Easter' requires making Jesus' passion one's own

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For a "good Easter," Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must "enter into the mystery" of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus' feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.

Faith leaders call on U.S. to halt 'inhumane' family detention policy

DILLEY, Texas (CNS) -- Five Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran bishops traveled to the Dilley Detention Center in south Texas March 27 and visited with families -- young mothers with children from Central America -- who are being detained there.