December 8, 2015
Seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, Pope Francis called for the Year of
Mercy—a special period, also know as a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, for the Catholic Church.
a time for the Church across the world to take approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and
healing in a special way.
Pope Francis has asked us as individuals and as a Church “to be a witness of mercy” by reflecting
on and practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy (Pope Francis’ Announcement of
the Year of Mercy). Beginning December 8, 2015, the Holy Year of Mercy, will focus on studying
and reflecting on mercy, receiving mercy, and being merciful towards others.