A Pro-Life Year of Mercy

Recently, Pope Francis announced an upcoming Year of Mercy that will begin on December 8, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council (and of course the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, which holds special significance for us in the U.S., who enjoy the patronage of the Immaculate Conception) and conclude on November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

What is mercy? One dictionary defines it in the following way: “kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly; kindness or help given to people…

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