Last year, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday (11th April 2015), the Holy Father, Pope Francis, published a Papal Bull entitled “Misericordiare Vultus” (The Face of Mercy) declaring that from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th) until 20th November 2016 the Church will keep an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. The year coincides with the 50th Jubilee Year of the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.
In the document, Pope Francis highlights that it is mercy that makes God all-powerful and perfect. He says:
“If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected.” (MV21)
The subject of God’s enduring Mercy has been prominent in the pontificate of Pope Francis and is explained in detail within the Papal Bull. In a world that is quick to condemn and judge, the notion of mercy and forgiveness that lead to true inner freedom and peace has diminished. This has also led to the notion that hope is lost when life takes a wrong turn and old wounds remain.
The Holy Year of Mercy is the perfect opportunity to heal such wounds; to reach out to those in need of reassurance and the loving Mercy that only God can provide through Reconciliation.
Throughout the course of the year there will be a number of events held throughout the diocese to help make the most of this year of extraordinary grace.
This section of the website will help keep you informed about this Jubilee Year.