Pope Francis Explains: The Holy Year of Mercy

by Holiness, Holy Father

Today we begin the Jubilee of Mercy which is an Extraordinary Holy Year that officially commences today, December 8 – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. It will close Nov. 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Christ the King. “The Holy Father wants the Jubilee of Mercy to be an opportunity to place the sacrament of God’s mercy – which is the sacrament of penance and reconciliation – into the central pastoral life for the Church,” Fr. Sylva (a vatican official) said. “We know that, unfortunately, Catholics don’t take advantage of the sacrament as much as they should, and so this is an opportunity for us to remind people of God’s desire to forgive us and that he’s always there to forgive us no matter the sin.”

While we hope that each and every one of you will take the time to read and reflect on his bull that introduces this year, Misericordiae Vultus, today’s video will give you a good idea about what the Jubilee is all about and how to live it.

At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.Pope Francis

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