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Year of Mercy

On 8 December 2015 Pope Francis opened the holy door in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. With this act he inaugurated the Jubilee Year of Mercy. God, the Pope said, “never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy.”

Pat Coyle speaks to Fr Gerry Whelan SJ in Rome about Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. This document, Gerry remarks, is more significant, more ground-breaking, than a cursory reading of it would suggest. Gerry lectures in Theology in the Gregorian University, Rome.

Divining the future at GC36

John Guiney SJ says the last three days have been intense for the Jesuit delegates in Rome to elect their new leader

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Being called to forgive

Richard Leonard SJ has identified six themes that permeate Pope Francis' thinking on mercy. He spoke about them to the thousands who came to Knock Shrine.

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The ‘scandal’ of God’s mercy

Three years ago Pat Storey became the first woman bishop in Ireland and the UK. She speaks here about her personal understanding and experience of mercy in this jubilee year.

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A Presbyterian take on mercy

Rev Alan Boal speaks about Pope Francis and mercy in the wake of recent gangland killings on his doorstep.

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A Lutheran take on mercy

Lutheran Amanda Berg endorses Pope Francis' message of mercy offers her own views on mercy and grace.

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Mercy from the womb of God

Dr. Jessie Rogers, a lecturer in Biblical Studies who describes herself as 'an ecumenical Christian', welcomes the Pope's Year of Mercy.

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‘Amoris Laetitia’ – putting the pastoral first

DERMOT ROANTREE :: The moral approach advocated in 'Amoris Laetitia' is about putting God's mercy first in all pastoral situations, not (as some have claimed) about accommodating the sexual revolution.

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Spreading Good News at Gardiner Street

Large numbers attended Gardiner Street Church both for this year's 'Novena of Grace and Mercy' and the "24 Hours for the Lord" Year of Mercy event.

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Be merciful, just as your father is merciful

GERRY CLARKE SJ :: Pope Francis has put it very simply: “The Church is not in the world to condemn, but to make possible an encounter with the visceral love that is God’s mercy.”

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