The ‘Splainer: What’s that Jubilee Year of Mercy the pope keeps talking about?

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Laborers work in front of the Vatican in Rome on Dec. 4, 2015. Rome is bracing for the arrival of millions of pilgrims for the 12-month Jubilee Year of Mercy. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Max Rossi

Laborers work in front of the Vatican in Rome on Dec. 4, 2015. Rome is bracing for the arrival of millions of pilgrims for the 12-month Jubilee Year of Mercy. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Max Rossi

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(RNS) In outlining his views on the jubilee, Francis wrote: “The time has come for the church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more. It is time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters.”