Pope Francis has declared that this year would be an Extraordinary Jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy.We are called to show mercy to all those we encounter but we cannot do this if we do not first know mercy ourselves. The theme “Show Know Mercy” encourages us to recognize mercy shown to us through the love and goodness of Christ and then commands that we share that mercy with others.
Our theme is pulled from two Scripture passages that Pope Francis has referenced in his call to know and show Christ’s mercy. When the Holy Father announced the Holy Year of Mercy, he encouraged us to live out the Lord’s words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). In preparation for World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis has frequently referred to its theme from the beatitudes: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
"I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its center 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, November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy."
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus
“In this Jubilee of Mercy, let us dedicate ourselves to contemplating the Father’s mercy and allow ourselves to be flooded with the inner joy that comes from receiving it.”
– Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde Bishop of Arlington
Events Related to the Jubilee Year
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