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Pope Francis pulled shut the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, formally ending the Holy Year of Mercy he declared to stress the need for greater reconciliation and forgiveness in his church and in the world.  After closing the ornate door, Francis urged some 70,000 people attending Mass in St. Peter’s Square to stay open to reconciliation prospects.  The Pope said during his homily...

“Let us ask for the grace of never closing the doors of reconciliation and pardon, but rather of knowing how to go beyond evil and differences, opening every possible pathway of hope,” 

Marianne Bray,  Director of Religious Studies