Prison Flash Mob: Dozens of prisoners staged a "flash mob" inside an Italian men’s prison to celebrate Pope Francis’ calls for prison reform and greater tolerance and acceptance of the world’s migrants. Around 70 inmates from diverse faiths and ethnic backgrounds danced a Zumba routine titled “Pope is Pop” on Dec. 1 at the low-security district prison in the northern city of Ferrara.
Pope Francis: Pope Francis described 2016 as a "packed year," one full of initiatives that helped Catholics "see and touch with their hands the fruits of the mercy of God."
Pope Francis: "Let us commit ourselves to praying for each other so that the corporal and spiritual works of mercy increasingly become our way of life," he said Nov. 30 during his general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI hall.
Pontifical Academy of Sciences: "We are not custodians of a museum and its masterpieces that we have to dust off every morning, but rather collaborators in the conservation and development of the existence and biodiversity of the planet and human life," said Pope Francis.
Francis Chronicles: "One who does not ask questions cannot progress either in knowledge or in faith," Francis said.
World Youth Day: The next international gathering will be held in Panama in 2019.
NCR Today: The pope has decided not to renew the terms of several bishop-members, many of whom are known for preferring a more traditionalist liturgical practice.
Vatican City: In a new apostolic letter following the end of the Jubilee of mercy, Pope Francis grants all priests the ability to forgive those who have had an abortion.
Vatican City: Pope Francis closes the Jubilee year of mercy but asks that people leave open "the doors of reconciliation and pardon."
Vatican City: Pope Francis creates 17 new cardinals and warns against a "virus of polarization and animosity" that he says has seeped into the church.