"In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of His heart and of repeating that He loves us and wants to share His love with us. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy…"
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, The Face of Mercy, 25
(the entire Bull is linked below)
THE YEAR OF MERCY
On the official website for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, www.im.va, you will find official information regarding the calendar of major public events, and information on how to follow, in real time, the major events as they take place.
The Year of Mercy begins on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) and concludes on Sunday, November 20, 2016 (Solemnity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). The motto for the Year of Mercy is “Merciful like the Father.”
The Year of Mercy is an invitation for all of us to follow the example of God, who asks us not to judge or condemn but to offer love and forgiveness to all.
YEAR OF MERCY OFFICIAL HYMN
Paul Inwood, composer of the hymn for the Year of Mercy, offers the following to parish musicians:
The hymn is currently available in Italian, English and French, and the author and composer have donated all rights in it to the Pontifical Council to aid its diffusion around the world.
Paul Inwood also has generously offered to make TIF files (with English verses) available in different formats. More information about the available formats can be found here.
Paul is happy to send them free of charge to you. Please email him at [email protected].
Two Dispensations for the Jubilee Year
On September 1, 2015, Pope Francis sent a letter to the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. In this letter, Pope Francis writes of his concern that all God’s people have an opportunity to experience the mercy and forgiveness of God. His magnanimity leaves no one outside of this mercy and forgiveness. He mentions those who visit the Holy Door in Rome as well as the Holy Door in each diocese. He enumerates ways in which the sick and elderly, the incarcerated, the deceased and all who perform a spiritual and corporal work of mercy can obtain the Jubilee Indulgence.
At the end of the letter Pope Francis extends two dispensations:
Read the full Letter on indulgences here: http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en/giubileo/lettera.html
Pastoral Resources for the Year of Mercy
The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has created a series of 8 short books as the official catechetical resources for the Year of Mercy. See attached flyer for information.