In Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face of Mercy”), Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy extending from the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, 2015, to the feast of Christ the King on Nov. 20. In the document, Pope Francis recommends that we consider “the saints and blessed ones who made divine mercy their mission in life” (Misericordiae Vultus, No. 24). By their example, they help us in our own efforts to yield to the same grace.

To this end, OSV Newsweekly will highlight throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy those who both received and shared God’s mercy in an extraordinary way: 12 “icons of mercy” through whom God reminds us that we are loved and that we have the capacity to love, too, by his grace.


Padre Pio: Amazing humility in the face of incredible gifts


Mother Teresa: Spreading God's mercy to the poorest of the poor


St. Camillus de Lellis: Road to sainthood full of twists and turns


Blessed Miguel Pro: Sacrificing all for the glory of God


Bill and Dorothy Gauchat: Seeing the God-given dignity in every child


St. Frances of Rome: A guiding light of faith and mercy


St. Charles Lwanga: A witness of selfless, merciful care


St. Maximilian Kolbe: Paying the ultimate price for mercy


St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Little Flower of God's merciful love


Blessed Frederic Ozanam: Bringing mercy to those in misery


St. Faustina: Sent with a message of mercy to the world


Pope St. Callistus I: Preaching mercy from the chair of Peter