Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Pope Francis preaches during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 13. During a March 13 penance service, the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.CNS photo/Paul Haring
Pope Francis preaches during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 13. During a March 13 penance service, the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.

Vatican City

At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.” “No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica. […] Full Story

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Local News

  • Monroe parish walks with family through toddler’s heart transplant ordeal

    MONROE—When Shauna Cantrell decided to participate in Christ Renews His Parish at St. Anna Church in Monroe, she had no idea how important a revitalized faith and support of new friends would become. A year ago, Shauna and Tim Cantrell’s oldest daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare heart condition. The news came […] Full Story

  • Atlanta

    Pastoral plan undergoing final touches; April release set

    ATLANTA—Shortly after Easter, people of the archdiocese will see how their priorities for the local church over the next five years shake out. The pastoral plan of the Atlanta Archdiocese will be made public the weekend of April 19. The priorities were winnowed out by votes parishioners cast at 10 regional deanery meetings in 2014 […] Full Story

  • Atlanta

    Chapter closes for legendary Catholic bookstore at Ignatius House

    ATLANTA—Trinity Bookstore for more than three decades has supplied spiritual books for seekers, first Communion gifts for youngsters and crosses for struggling believers to clutch. The independent store at Ignatius Retreat House in May will close. Lisa Randolph, the shop’s longtime owner, has struggled as anyone with an Internet connection can receive orders delivered to […] Full Story

  • Atlanta

    Mass marks ‘faith of Patrick’ planted by Irish wherever they settled

    ATLANTA—Clad in primarily green attire, worshippers filled the pews of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta to remember the “Apostle of Ireland” on the feast day of St. Patrick, March 17. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory was celebrant of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass sponsored by the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta. While […] Full Story