As the Year of Mercy ended, Pope Francis signed an Apostolic Letter titled Misericordia et Misera. The letter is aimed at continuing the commitment to sharing the merciful love of God beyond the Holy Year of Mercy that has just ended.

Among its key elements, Misericordia et Misera extends faculties for all priests to absolve the grave sin of abortion, institutes an annual World Day for the Poor on 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time and calls on parishes to devote one Sunday of the year to intensive reflection on the Scriptures.

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