- Feb 17, 2020
“Even if the Holy Door closes, the true door of mercy, which is the heart of Christ, always remains open for us,” Pope Francis said Sunday in a Mass marking the formal close of his jubilee Year of Mercy. “God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children.”
In the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, a jubilee Mass on Sunday featured 150 couples celebrating their 25th anniversary, and 109 couples celebrating their 50th anniversary. Doing the math, that’s more than 9,000 years of marriage combined.
For the second year the Sistine Chapel Choir has recorded an album inside the chapel of its namesake, this year selecting pieces by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who lived from 1525-1594, was an Italian Renaissance sacred music composer, and one of the most well-known composers of sacred polyphony.
Through Mary, “we learn to open our hearts to obey God; in her self-denial, we see the importance of tending to the needs of others; in her tears, we find the strength to console those experiencing pain,” Pope Francis said Saturday, during a special jubilee weekend dedicated to Mary.
During as jubilee celebration for catechists as part of his Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis on Sunday said that God is shared with the world through love and authentic human relationships, not by forcing the truth on people.
Meeting with acrobats, clowns, carnival workers, street performers, musicians and magicians on Thursday, Pope Francis thanked the artists for bringing beauty and joy to an often dark, sad world, praising their special ability to bring a smile to a child’s face, brighten a lonely person’s day, and draw people closer together.