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We are called to communicate with mercy, Pope Francis said in his message for the 50th World Communications Day earlier this year. “In a broken, fragmented and polarized world, to communicate with mercy means to help create a healthy, free and fraternal closeness between the children of God and all our brothers and sisters in the one human family,” the Holy Father said.

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Some 26,000 people were left without homes but more than 13 times that amount were affected. Catholic Relief Services is distributing 10,000 tarps to help construct temporary shelters.

Confirmation preparation for siblings includes a Year of Mercy celebration for young teens in Rome April 23-24.

A Catholic priest who was kidnapped and tortured by terrorists in Iraq will speak in Phoenix May 3 in a bid to draw attention to the plight of the persecuted Church in his homeland. Fr. Douglas Bazi lives in Erbil, Iraq and cares for the tens of thousands of families chased out of their homes by ISIS. The Chaldean Catholic priest’s Phoenix visit is one of several U.S. stops he will make to share about the suffering of his people and to ask for assistance.

The papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007 will be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States. A nuncio is a Vatican diplomat with the rank of ambassador.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican has set April 8 for the release of “Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love),” Pope Francis’ reflection on the family and family life.

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