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Tear down this wall: Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy calls for human barriers to tumble down

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
 For a spiritual leader who denounces a world divided by walls, a church shuttered by cliques and hearts hardened to compassion, opening wide the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy will be a significant and symbolic moment for Pope Francis, who is scheduled to open the door Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. >>>

Holy years proclaimed to encourage spiritual renewal in the Church

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
 A holy year as a time of spiritual renewal has its biblical roots in the jubilees observed by the Jewish people at 50-year intervals, when debts were pardoned and slaves were freed. >>>

Official Year of Mercy hymn written by British composer

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
 Paul Inwood and 89 other composers around the world had two months to submit their compositions of the music for the official hymn of Year of Mercy. >>>

Vatican has reservation system for Holy Door

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
Drawing on the experience of the public exposition of the Shroud of Turin, Vatican officials are adopting a reservation system for pilgrims who want to cross the threshold of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Year of Mercy. >>>

Let us welcome the stranger during this upcoming Year of Mercy

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
On Dec. 8, the Catholic Church will begin the Year of Mercy, a time to reflect more intentionally on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  Recent events around the globe show that we will have many opportunities to not only reflect on, but to practice the works of mercy. >>>

USCCB encourages dioceses to plan own Year of Mercy events

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
BALTIMORE (CNS) — From entering a diocesan Holy Door to undertaking the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Catholics can model a compassionate life during the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. >>>

Our Lady of Guadalupe shouldn't be viewed as just a Mexican tradition

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been a religious and cultural hallmark for Mexican Catholics for centuries, but the custom received little attention from Anglo Catholics in the United States before the last few decades. >>>

The light of mercy

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
What are you doing for the Year of Mercy?
This isn’t an idle question; I’m genuinely curious. Have you given any thought to how you will take advantage of this extraordinary jubilee, which starts Tuesday? If not, this newspaper contains myriad suggestions for ways to take up Pope Francis’ call to spend the next 12 months immersed in mercy.

'Bleeding host' at Saint Francis Xavier Parish under investigation

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
Recently, reports of a bleeding host at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kearns have been circulating within the Diocese of Salt Lake City.  >>>

Music for the Season

Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
Various groups in the diocese are offering concerts featuring Christmas music. The schedule follows. >>>
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