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JUBILEE OF MERCY

How can you receive plenary indulgence during the Jubilee?

2016-01-09
POPE FRANCIS
“Do not forget this: the Lord is never too tired to forgive. But sometimes we are too tired to apologize.”
 For Catholics, the Jubilee is a great time for reconciliation with God. For this special Jubilee, the central theme is Mercy, so the sacrament of confession is very important.
MASSIMO DEL POZZO
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
“Every sin leads to guilt and shame. The fault is forgiven in confession unless there is a lack atonement.”
 Atonement implies full remission of pain and is displayed through good works that show repentance. To facilitate this reconciliation with God, the Church has planned plenary indulgences.
MASSIMO DEL POZZO
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
“It is a great manifestation of mercy and compassion. The Church shows her motherhood by settling all debts and consequences of sin.”
In order to obtain a plenary indulgence one must complete a number of actions in front of the Holy Door. There are five steps.
First, one must commit to avoiding all sins, even venial. This desire is reflected in step two: the confession.
POPE FRANCIS
February 19, 2014
“‘But Father, I am ashamed.’ Shame is also good. It is healthy to feel a little embarrassed. Shame is healthy. When a person feels no shame, in my country, they are called shameless scoundrels.”
The third step is to receive Communion, followed by the fourth, praying the Creed. The fifth is to pray for the Pope and also his prayer intentions. Although it is not necessary to complete each step on the same day, it is recommended.
For those that want to obtain the plenary indulgence that can not travel to Rome, the Pope asked that each diocese open a Holy Door. For those who are in prisons, this will be each prisoner’s cell door and the indulgence will be just as valid as in St. Peter’s Basilica.

On March 13th 2015 Pope Francis announced an Extraordinary Jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy to commence on December 8th 2015.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!

This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.

I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.
The Jubilee Year will begin with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, through which pilgrims are invited to enter. To enable the participation of everbody in this Jubilee of Mercy, Holy Doors will be opened in the Cathedrals in every Diocese in the world and in specially designated places.

We will announce the locations of the Holy Doors in this Diocese as soon as they come to hand.

The official website of the Jubilee of Mercy is:  http://www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va

Pope Francis has published a prayer written especially for the Year of Mercy:

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.
Amen.