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Jubilee Year of Mercy

The Jubilee of Mercy began when Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica on 8 December 2015 (the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council) and concludes when he closes that same door on 20 November 2016. 

We might compare this to our custom of celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In a sense, every day is a good day for honouring our father and our mother. Yet, it can help us when we set aside a special day to focus on this. Celebrating the contribution of mothers and fathers on these particular days can help us be more mindful of their contribution all through the year. In a similar way, every year is a good year for celebrating God’s mercy. Yet, having a special jubilee year of mercy can help us be more mindful of God’s mercy all through our lives.

Throughout the year the Redemptorists will be publishing:

  • Articles
  • Videos
  • Audio podcasts
  • Prayers
  • Year of Mercy Digital Resource Kit

We hope that in some small way they help you celebrate the year of mercy.

Catholic Religious Australia Year of Mercy logo

The logo reflects the call of Pope Francis to contemplate the mystery of mercy throughout the year to become more effective witnesses of God in our lives. We are all called, said Pope Francis, “to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable.”

The logo is for the use of CRA members and the ministries and partners of its member congregations and institutes. Church groups, parishes and the broader Australian Catholic community are welcome to use the logo for the promotion of the Year of Mercy.

“The logo depicts the CRA cross and shows the region of Australia, Oceania and Asia where many religious women and men associated with CRA serve the marginalised,” said CRA President Sister Berneice Loch. “Showing these regions on the globe demonstrates our interconnectedness and unity in mission with others striving for merciful love in the world.”