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Pope Francis gives ashes to a woman as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ASHES-MISSIONARIES Feb. 10, 2016.

Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God

February 10, 2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis marked the beginning of the church’s Lenten journey by sending off several hundred religious and diocesan priests on their own special path as “missionaries of mercy” in local parishes. “Look upon your servants, Lord, that we are sending as messengers of mercy, salvation and peace. Guide…

A child is lifted to come into contact with the glass case containing the body of St. Padre Pio in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 6. The bodies of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic were brought to Rome at the request of Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PADRE-PIO-LEOPOLD Feb 6, 2016 and PADRE-PIO-LEOPOLD-MERCY Feb. 4, 2016.

Open God’s heart with prayer, pope tells Padre Pio Prayer Groups

February 7, 2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying is not like taking an aspirin, something one does just to feel a little better, Pope Francis told thousands of members of Padre Pio Prayer Groups from around the world. Prayer is not a business negotiation with God, either, the pope told more than 60,000 people gathered…

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