Declaring the upcoming jubilee, Pope Francis powerfully calls on the Catholic church to refashion as a place not of judgment but of pardon.
Four survivors of abuse will make an unscheduled visit to Rome on Sunday, hoping to encounter Pope Francis at home.
Celebrating the first vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis formally will deliver the "bull of indiction" or proclamation of the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.
Portions of the document will be read Saturday in front of the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican announced. The Holy Door, usually bricked up, is opened at the beginning of a jubilee year.
The Holy Year of Mercy is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016.
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Pope Francis called on the Catholic bishops of Armenia, who are marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide this month, not to retreat in a pastoral commitment to help their people "read reality with new eyes" and to live the hope of resurrection amid their suffering.
Meeting with bishops of the Patriarchal Synod of the Armenian-Catholic church Thursday, the pope also asked that God "hasten concrete gestures of reconciliation and peace among the nations that still fail to reach a reasonable consensus on the reading of these sad events."
Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz told members of religious orders that they must live their vocations "inserted" into the world, open to changes of modern life.
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Pope Francis has said he expects his papacy to be brief, but Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure Francis' legacy endures.
"They are martyrs of today and they are many," Pope Francis said Monday. "We can say that they might be more numerous than the first centuries."