Year of Mercy

Jubilee Year of Mercy

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Divine Mercy

During the Year of Mercy, teachers should provide instruction about Divine Mercy as Jesus taught St. Faustina. The teachings and revelations in St. Faustina's...

Father John Mayo

Recently, Pope Francis extended to priests worldwide the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion for the Year of Mercy. While the St. Louis Review and parish priests have done an excellent job in...

The center narthex doors at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis were sealed by Bishop Edward Rice before Mass in anticipation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.

Consider this fair warning to anyone visiting the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis: Don't try to enter through the center narthex doors between now and mid-December.

They've been sealed shut...

VATICAN CITY -- While a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Catholic Church's marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry...

Pope Francis, seen praying during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26, has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy.

When Linda Raymond heard the news that Pope Francis expanded on priests' authority to absolve penitents from the sin of abortion, she was a little confused.

As teenagers, Linda and her now...

Pope Francis, seen praying during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26, has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy.

VATICAN CITY -- In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full...

The logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8, 2015, and runs until Nov. 20, 2016.

VATICAN CITY -- The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send...

Pope Francis went to confession at a Lenten penance service March 13 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. At the service, the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy."

"No one can be excluded from...



An excerpt from Pope Francis' announcement of the Year of Mercy, March 13, 2015

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!

This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church's journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.

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. 

- Pope Francis