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Holy Year of Mercy

What is the Holy Year of Mercy?

The Announcement of the Jubilee of Mercy

Dear brothers and sisters,

I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!

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.

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Explore the following from the offical Vatican website for the Holy Year of Mercy.      
     Unpack the symbolism and meaning behind the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy
         Read the letter from Pope Francis to Archbishop Rino Fisichella announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
         Create a reflection using the prayer written by Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.
Read the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Listen to the report by Laura Ieraci on the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy:



Listen to the official Holy Year of Mercy Hymn, Misericordes sicut Pater


Explore what is happening in the Melbourne Archdiocese for the Holy Year of Mercy










Create your own Holy Year of Mercy roadmap