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National / International News

Vocations crisis needs prayer, not despair or lax admissions, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Respond to the crisis of vocations with intensified prayer, not despair or a lax admissions process, Pope Francis told women and men religious. The pontiff said he is tempted to lose hope, too, asking God, "What is happening? Why is the womb of consecrated life sterile?"

More than 1,000 missionaries of mercy will serve during jubilee

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 1,000 "missionaries of mercy" from all over the world will receive a special mandate from Pope Francis to preach and teach about God's mercy, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

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 audience in St. Peter's Square Jan. 27.