CELEBRATING A YEAR OF MAGNIFICENT MERCY
On Friday, April 10, 2015 while celebrating a penitential service in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy 2016, saying he wants to make it evident that the Church’s mission is to be a witness of compassion.
“Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always,” Pope Francis said. “Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.”
The jubilee began on Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and will end on Nov. 20, 2016, on the feast of Christ the King.
The biblical theme for the jubilee year is “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,” a theme that is designed to widen the access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
Corporal Works of Mercy is a means of grace received when one responds and attends to the physical needs of a person or community.More info
SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
Spiritual Works of Mercy is a means of grace received when one responds and attends to the spiritual well-being of a person or community.More info
“Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness”
(Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus)