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Hope, not optimism, is needed to rebuild, pope tells quake survivors

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Along the difficult path of rebuilding their lives, survivors of the earthquake that devastated central Italy must also rebuild their hearts with a strong foundation built on hope, Pope Francis said. Families need something long lasting when coping with the heartbreaking wounds of losing their…

Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession

VATICAN CITY — Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”),…