Pope proclaims Jubilee Year for Catholic Church to be more merciful, not judgmental or severe

April 11, 2015 3:57 PM

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Pope proclaims Jubilee Year for Catholic Church to be more merciful, not judgmental or severe

Pope Francis walks inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental. At St. Peter's Basilica Saturday evening, he listened as a Vatican prelate read excerpts from a papal bull, or decree, in which Francis proclaimed an "Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy" Holy Year. The year begins on Dec. 8 with Francis' opening the normally closed Holy Door in the back of the basilica, and ends on Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis holds the pastoral staff as he walks inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental. At St. Peter's Basilica Saturday evening, he listened as a Vat...

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