- Dec 14, 2019
In his first General Audience of 2018, Pope Francis stressed the importance of penance and of seeking God’s mercy.
From voyages to the peripheries to blockbuster documents and press conferences and beyond, the first four years of Francis’s papacy have been filled with memorable moments. Here’s a sampling of personal favorites from Crux staff and contributors.
Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, will soon retire his ambassadorial post three years after having presented his credentials to Pope Francis. The highlight of his mandate: the pope’s visit to the United States, President Barack Obama’s visit to the Vatican and the canonization of St. Teresa of Kolkata.
The year of mercy has encouraged Catholics all over the world to reflect on the meaning of forgiveness. Angèle Regnier, author of “Forgiveness is Key,” talks to us about the importance of preaching mercy to Millennials and the dangers of a life without forgiveness.
People being left behind by economic progress is a “great injustice that should concern us much more than knowing when or how the world will end,” Pope Francis said Sunday, at a Mass where 6,000 homeless people had VIP seats.
Although pilgrims from all walks of life have taken part in “major events” of the Year of Mercy, such as the canonization of Mother Teresa or the Jubilee for Priests, when setting up the calendar, Francis intentionally left two groups he cares for most to the end: the imprisoned, and the poor.