Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (PDF) Misericordiae Vultus BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY FRANCIS BISHOP OF ROME SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE 1. Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum…

Holy Door to be sealed at St. Mary’s Cathedral

Image of the Year of Mercy and papal tiara will identify Holy Door; Mass will also celebrate vocations By Kristi Anderson The Visitor The row of heavy wooden doors that aligns the front of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud has welcomed people from all walks of life, from countless corners of the world. Inside…

For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of confession celebrated by priests of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X….

Pope urges expansion of priests’ on-call emergency service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Year of Mercy is a perfect time to increase the number of priests who take turns being on call all night for emergency spiritual care of the sick and dying, Pope Francis wrote. The pope, as Jesuit Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, belonged to a special service, which is supported by…

Pope: Mercy is “the beating heart of the Gospel”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis formally presented his official proclamation of the 2015-2016 extraordinary jubilee or Holy Year of Mercy this evening before celebrating vespers in St. Peter’s Basilica. The proclamation, called a “bull of indiction,” is titled “Misericordiae Vultus” (“The Face of Mercy”) and explains how in Jesus Christ, in his words and actions,…

‘Golden thread’ links Holy Year of Mercy and St. Faustina Kowalska

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The rector of a Rome sanctuary dedicated to Divine Mercy said he sees a “golden thread” connecting the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy and the message Jesus conveyed to St. Faustina Kowalska nearly 85 years ago. Father Jozef Bart, rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit, said the three most…

In Holy Year, pope wants to share experience of mercy he had as teen

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ decision to convoke a special Holy Year of Mercy has its roots in the event that led a teen-age Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the priesthood. Pope Francis has recounted the story several times in the past two years. On one occasion early in his pontificate, he told members of…

About the Jubilee of Mercy

(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has produced this explanatory note for the upcoming Holy Year, the Jubilee of Mercy. In St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis announced today, March 13, 2015, the celebration of an “extraordinary Holy Year”. This “Jubilee of Mercy” will commence with the opening of the Holy Door in…