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set of pastoral guidelines for the Jubilee issues Sept. 1, 2015, in which he also granted SSPX priests the faculty to forgive sins in confession. In the U.S., the faculty to absolve abortion has already been delegated to all priests. However, the pope's new provisions take it to a universal level. In his new apostolic letter, Pope Fran- cis also extended his decree allowing SSPX priests to hear valid confessions. He noted how during the jubilee, he al- lowed "that those faithful who, for various reasons, attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive the sacra- mental absolution of their sins."

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Linda Harvey


LEXINGTON. St. Paul Parish has tipped the scales in reaching out to people of different faiths. On No- vember 3, 300 people attended an interfaith service called "United in Thanksgiving" at St. Paul Church. This is the fourth in their United" series. In the past, there has been United in Spirit, United in Mercy, and United in Memory. The series has been in honor of Pope Francis's message of creating a "culture of encoun- ter." It is a culture of friendship with people who do not hold the same beliefs but have something in common as being images of

St. Paul Parish hosts United in Thanksgiving

United in Thanksgiving" is the fourth of the "United" series held at St. Paul honor- ing Pope Francis' call to create a "culture of encounter." CR photo: Linda Harvey

God and children of God. This evening we come to give thanks. I believe the best expression of gratitude is celebrating The Di- vine in one another and continuing to build the culture of encounter," opened J. R. Zerkowski, director of stewardship who has spearheaded this series. "We have witnessed the outpouring of faith, talent, energy, care, and goodness that so many have brought to our communal Thanksgiving table through the United encounters. For all we have already known in our journey to- gether, and all that is still to come, we are United in Thanksgiving." We have stood shoulder to shoulder with others, respecting different abilities, traditions, and beliefs. Identifiers such as Cath- olic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Black, White, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Straight, LGTBQ and all others are used in service to a deep- er reality: we all have a common Creator, and there is an inherent dignity and value in every person," Zerkowski emphasized. The keynote message was given on "Hope for Humanity" by Rev. Anthony Everett, pastor of Wesley United Methodist church. We face good and evil on a dai- ly basis, and we look to the Divine to guide us. Our sacred texts keep us hopeful," said Rev. Everett. "A ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN NEWS). Al- though the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the facul- ties he applied to the church during the Holy Year will continue. He is allowing all priests to continue to absolve the sin of abortion, while Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X (SSPX) priests will be able to continue hearing confessions validly. In addition, he has indefinitely extended the mandate of the Missionaries of Mercy and has decided to institute the World Day for the Poor, which will take place each year on the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. The pope announced his decision in his new apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera," meaning "Mercy with Misery." Published

Some Jubilee faculties to continue: Pope in new apostolic letter

Father Jim Sichko of the Diocese of Lexington with Pope Francis after his installation as a Missionary of Mercy last year. Photo provided

Nov. 21, the letter was signed by the pope Nov. 20 during Mass for the close of the Ju- bilee of Mercy. In the letter, Pope Francis said that "the Sacrament of Reconciliation must regain its central place in the Christian life." Given this need, lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God's forgiveness, I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion," the letter read. Pope Francis firmly stressed that "abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an in- nocent life," but insisted that "there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father." The pope had initially declared that all priests could forgive the sin of abortion in a

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