- Dec 11, 2019
Pope Francis has named Monsignor Gerald L. Vincke, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Michigan, as bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas.
Few pastors in America probably have put in more face time with more different kinds of vulnerable and suffering people than Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. “As difficult as many of these ministries are, my firm conviction is that it’s the most important thing the Church can be doing, and I’m privileged to be a part of that,” he said.
According to a statement by the Vatican more than 3.9 million pilgrims visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016. The numbers fell short of the 5.9 million pilgrims who visited in 2014 probably due to terror attacks in Europe.
As Holy Doors all over the U.S. close, the Jubilee Year of Mercy, called for by Pope Francis, draws to an end. The faithful express what they have done and learned to live out the Church’s call for mercy and forgiveness as they reflect on what will be its lasting legacy.
Which countries agreed to Pope Francis’s call to release prisoners as a Jubilee of Mercy gesture? (Clue: it wasn’t the big Catholic nations).
Now that the dust has settled a bit on Pope Francis’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, which formally ended last Sunday, it’s worth looking back at some of its key moments, trying to gauge how the pontiff’s appeal for a more merciful world resonated within the Church and beyond.