Pope Francis’ 2015: Family, ecology, but mostly mercy

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December 10, 2015

People wait to walk through the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 9, the day after the Holy Door was opened by Pope Francis to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA) See VATICAN-LETTER-YEAREND Dec. 10, 2015.

People wait to walk through the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 9, the day after the Holy Door was opened by Pope Francis to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the Vatican and on five continents in 2015, Pope Francis continued to encourage and demonstrate a style of evangelization that emphasizes walking with people, listening to them and showing them God’s mercy.

From the heart of the universal church to the heart of Africa, the pope showed how Christians with a joyful, living faith take calculated risks, engage in discernment and even debate, and resist the natural temptation to stay safe and cozy at home, letting everything move along like it always has.

On the 1,000th day of his pontificate, which began March 13, 2013, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica and inaugurated the Year of Mercy to help Catholics “rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father, who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them,” he said at Mass Dec. 8.

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