The Jubilee of Mercy Has Officially Begun and the Church Needs It

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It’s Time to Rediscover God’s Mercy, Pope Says at Jubilee's OpeningVATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love. “This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace,” Pope Francis said in his homily for Mass, just before opening the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. “To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy.” Mercy, he said, must be placed before judgement, though “God’s judgment will always be in the light of his mercy.” Read more...


Pope Francis: Mercy Pleases God the Most - VATICAN CITY — The day after opening the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated his general audience remarks to answering the question of why he called for a jubilee on the subject, saying the primary reason is simply because it’s needed. “Why a Jubilee of Mercy? What does this mean?” the Pope asked pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 9. The answer, he said, is because “the Church needs this extraordinary moment. I’m not (just) saying, ‘It’s good,’ — no! I’m saying: The Church needs it.” Read more...