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Mercy Friday: The Mercy Fridays gave those he visited a chance to tell the pope their stories and, usually, to share a late afternoon snack with him.
Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
A Roman Observer: Most reasonable Catholics disagree with the need for the props and gimmicks that the Vatican's jubilee committee is using to promote the Holy Year of Mercy.
Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."