Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy

Pope Francis announced the celebration of an “extraordinary Holy Year,” a “Jubilee of Mercy,” which began on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and ends on November 20, 2016. In announcing the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said, “I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this holy year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey.”

The Pope invites Catholics throughout the world to engage in the church’s corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, harbor the harborless, visit the sick, ransom the captive, and bury the dead) and spiritual works of mercy (instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offences willingly, comfort the afflicted, pray for the living and the dead).

Source: Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., English Language Assistant to the Holy See Press Office

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