Pope Francis described 2016 as a "packed year," one full of initiatives that helped Catholics "see and touch with their hands the fruits of the mercy of God."
Officials have determined that at least 300 structures in Gatlinburg have been damaged or destroyed.
'I don't ever remember not praying. ... It was a natural part of our lives.'
"May our holy Lady of Charity listen to her people and hasten for Cuba the hour of its reconciliation in truth, accompanied by freedom and justice."
Our inherent human dignity does not wane with the onset of illness or incapacity.
While Doctor Strange is far from a satisfying presentation of the spiritual order, it represents a significant step in the right direction.
Preaching God's mercy has been a central focus of Pope Francis' ministry since his election in March 2013, and the closing of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 20 will not end that focus.