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Year of Mercy

Mercy in Motion

How to make a pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy

051916 patrick door mercyDuring the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which continues until Nov. 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis encourages everyone to make a pilgrimage – either to Rome or to one's local cathedral or other holy site designated by the Church.

Year of Mercy pilgrimages

010116 year of mercy main imageSeveral local pilgrimages during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy are planned

Bishop Peter Jugis: Seek a conversion of heart during this jubilee year

jugisDuring this Advent the Church has begun the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the opening of a Door of Mercy in every cathedral throughout the world.

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Prayer of Pope Francis

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests His power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.