Year of Mercy Begins

Today Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica and the universal Church officially begins the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The year  will continue until the Feast of Christ the King, 20th November 2016.  Last week it was announced that a Holy Door will be opened in every Catholic cathedral in the world for the first time to mark the Year of Mercy.  The doors will be opened on Sunday to coincide with the opening of the Holy Doors at the Cathedral of St John Lateran.  

Following the example of Pope Francis, Irish bishops will open “Holy Doors” in every diocese. Bishops encourage the faithful to take part in local ceremonies, to undertake pilgrimage, avail of resources on, and to pray the Year of Mercy prayer from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization:

 Speaking about the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis says:

 “I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.”

Many events will take place to mark the year both locally and internationally,  but the most important events will be those where we show mercy and forgiveness to those we meet in our everyday lives.



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