via The Washington Post: While opening the holy doors at St. Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday, Pope Francis launched a jubilee year of mercy, which begins today through Nov. 20, 2016 — a year that puts forgiveness before judgment. For many, the details of the year of mercy can be difficult to parse: What makes this year…

Pope Francis calls us as Catholics to act with great compassion towards the poor and, especially in light of the current refugee crisis, towards those fleeing war and persecution. At the crux of his papacy is a call to embrace our brothers and sisters; “Welcoming others means welcoming God in person.” Members of our Diocese…