5 Ways to Celebrate Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy
Be merciful as your Father is merciful. - Luke 6:36
Pope Francis has declared a celebration of an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It will begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2015, and will conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20, 2016.
The Holy Father summarized the intent behind his announcement by saying, “It is indeed my wish that the jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective.”
The pope has encouraged all Catholics to make a pilgrimage to one of the Holy Doors as a sign of true conversion. These doors are located in specific cathedrals in Rome, Spain, Italy and Quebec and are only opened during jubilee years. Since such a pilgrimage is not always practical, the following pages offer various ideas to celebrate the jubilee.