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Friday, March 13, 2015
March 13, 2015, Monday — Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy
March 13, 2015, Monday — Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy
is the time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and
bring it into different social environments. Go forth!”—Pope
Francis, speaking on New Year's Day, 2015, in words which foreshadowed
the announcement today of a Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 2015 to
friends, this deep gratitude for a gift of Divine Mercy is uppermost in
my heart in spite of all. And I consider it a special grace which my
Venerable Predecessor, John Paul II, has obtained for me. I seem to feel
his strong hand clasping mine; I seem to see his smiling eyes and hear
his words, at this moment addressed specifically to me, "Do not be
afraid!"— First message of Pope Benedict XVI as Pope, April 20, 2005
a gift to humanity, which sometimes seems bewildered and overwhelmed by
the power of evil, selfishness, and fear, the Risen Lord offers His
love that pardons, reconciles, and reopens hearts to love. It is a love
that converts hearts and gives peace. How much the world needs to
understand and accept Divine Mercy! Lord, who reveals the Father’s love
by Your death and Resurrection, we believe in You and confidently repeat
to You today: Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy upon us and upon the whole world." —St. Pope John Paul II, Regina Caeli message prepared for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2005 (the day after his death)
Pope Francis has surprised the world again.
Today, on the 2nd anniversary of his election as Pope on March 13, 2013, he made a dramatic announcement in Rome.
a Lenten Penance Service in St. Peter's Basilica, without any prior
warning, he announced that he is declaring a "Jubilee Year of Mercy" to
run from December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016.
announcement is at once "traditional" and "innovative" -- and perhaps
this will be the best way for us to understand this pontificate.
is "traditional" because declaring Jubilee Years is a tradition of
papal and popular piety which dates back to the year 1300, and has, over
the centuries, prompted Catholics to go on pilgrimage and to do works
of charity and penance for sins. The many Jubilee Years have also
produced numerous works of art and literature, from painting to pilgrim
journals, and have led to important architectural transformations in the
city of Rome.
But it is "innovative" in that there has never before been a Jubilee Year dedicated to "mercy."
So, it is unprecedented.
does continue and stresses the emphasis given by St. Pope John Paul II,
and by Sr. Faustina Kowalska, to "mercy" as a distinguishing
characteristic of God, which led John Paul to declare the Feast of
Divine Mercy on the first Sunday after Easter. (John Paul died on the
eve of that Feast Day in 2005). So, in calling for this Jubilee, Francis
is following closely in the footsteps of John Paul II.
We know that the Pope's episcopal motto, "Miserando atque eligendo"
("By having mercy on and by choosing," a text which refers to the
calling by Jesus of St. Matthew, the tax collector), has the word
"mercy" at its center.
today, the Pope made clear that he wishes the word "mercy" to be at the
center of his pontificate, by the calling of this Jubilee Year of
this will all mean will only become clear in the weeks and months
ahead. But even now it is clear that the Pope wishes the Church and all
Christians, to place the word "mercy" at the center of their attention
the center of the Beatitudes, the various means of obtaining God's
blessing, Jesus himself placed mercy: "Blessed are the merciful, for
they shall obtain mercy."
this sense, what Pope Francis is doing by calling for this Jubilee Year
of Mercy is to offer to all Christians the blessing of obtaining mercy
by having and showing mercy to others.
below is the text of an email sent to journalists who cover the Vatican
by Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., who is the CEO of the Salt and Light
Catholic Television Network of Toronto, Canada.
has been designated as an assistant to Father Federico Lombardi, S.J.,
the Vatican's official press spokesman, for the English-speaking world,
so this is a "semi-official" Vatican text about the new Jubilee year. Of
course, if you would like full coverage of everything connected to this
upcoming Jubilee Year, you might consider subscribing to our print
publication, Inside the Vatican...
Information on the announcement of the “Jubilee of Mercy”
By Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.
In St. Peter’s Basilica during the Communal Penance Service Pope
Francis announced this afternoon, March 13, 2015, the celebration of an
“extraordinary Holy Year.”
“Jubilee of Mercy” will commence with the opening of the Holy Door in
St. Peter’s on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2015, and
will conclude on November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, King of the Universe.
the start of the new year, the Holy Father had stated: “This is the
time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and bring
it into different social environments. Go forth!”
The Jubilee announcement had been made on the second anniversary of the
election of Pope Francis, during his homily for the penitential liturgy
with which the Holy Father opened the “24 Hours for the Lord.” This
initiative, proposed by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the
New Evangelization, promotes throughout the world the opening of
churches for an extended period of time for the purpose of inviting
people to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The theme
for this year has been taken from the Letter of St. Paul to the
Ephesians, “God rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4).
The opening of this next Jubilee will take place on the fiftieth
anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. This
is of great significance, for it impels the Church to continue the work
begun at Vatican II.
During the Jubilee, the Sunday readings for Ordinary Time will be taken
from the Gospel of Luke, the one referred to as “the evangelist of
mercy”. Dante Alighieri describes him as “scriba mansuetudinis Christi,”
“narrator of the meekness of Christ.” There are many well-known
parables of mercy presented in the Gospel of Luke: the lost sheep, the
lost coin,the merciful father.
The official and solemn announcement of the Holy Year will take place
with the public proclamation of the Bollain front of the Holy Door on
Divine Mercy Sunday, the Feast instituted by Saint John Paul II and
celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.
In the ancient Hebrew tradition, the Jubilee Year, which was celebrated
every 50 years, was meant to restore equality among all of the children
of Israel, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their
property and even their personal freedom.
addition, the Jubilee Year was a reminder to the rich that a time would
come when their Israelite slaves would once again become their equals
and would be able to reclaim their rights. “Justice, according to the
Law of Israel, consisted above all in the protection of the weak” (St.
John Paul II, Tertio millenio adveniente 13).
The Catholic tradition of the Holy Year began with Pope Boniface VIII
in 1300. Boniface VIII had envisioned a Jubilee every century. From 1475
onwards – in order to allow each generation to experience at least one
Holy Year – the ordinary Jubilee was to be celebrated every 25 years.
However, an extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an
event of particular importance.
Until present, there have been 26 ordinary Holy Year celebrations, the last of which was the Jubilee of 2000.
The custom of calling extraordinary Jubilees
dates back to the XVI century. The last extraordinary Holy Years, which
were celebrated during the previous century, were those in 1933,
proclaimed by Pius XI to celebrate XIX hundred years of Redemption and
in 1983, proclaimed by John Paul II on the occasion of the 1950 years of
The Catholic Church has given to the Hebrew Jubilee a more spiritual
significance. It consists in a general pardon, an indulgence open to
all, and the possibility to renew one’s relationship with God and
neighbor. Thus, the Holy Year is always an opportunity to deepen one’s
faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness.
With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention upon the
merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him. The
encounter with God inspires in one the virtue of mercy.
The initial rite of the Jubilee is the opening of the Holy Door.
door is one which is only opened during the Holy Year and which remains
closed during all other years. Each of the four major basilicas of Rome
has a Holy Door: Saint Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the
Walls and St. Mary Major. This rite of the opening of the Holy Door
illustrates symbolically the idea that, during the Jubilee, the faithful
are offered an “extraordinary pathway” towards salvation.
The Holy Doors of the other Basilicas will be opened after the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Mercy is a theme very dear to Pope Francis, as is expressed in the episcopal motto he had chosen: “miserando atque eligendo.”
This citation is taken from the homily of Saint Bede the Venerable
during which he commented on the Gospel passage of the calling of Saint
Matthew: “Vidit ergo lesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi Sequere me”
(Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having
mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me’). This homily is a
tribute to divine mercy. One possible translation of this motto is “With
eyes of mercy.”
During the first Angelus after his elections, the Holy Father stated:
“Feeling mercy, that this word changes everything. This is the best
thing we can feel: it changes the world. A little mercy makes the world
less cold and more just. We need to understand properly this mercy of
God, this merciful Father who is so patient” (Angelus, March 17, 2013).
In his Angelus on January 11, 2015, he stated: “There is so much need
of mercy today, and it is important that the lay faithful live it and
bring it into different social environments. Go forth! We are living in
the age of mercy, this is the age of mercy”. Then, in his 2015 Lenten
Message, the Holy Father expressed:“How greatly I desire that all those
places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our
communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of
In the English edition of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium the term mercy appears 32 times.
Pope Francis has entrusted the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of
the New Evangelization with the organization of the Jubilee of Mercy.
List of jubilee years and their Popes:
1300: Boniface VIII
1350: Clement VI
1390: proclaimed by Urban VI, presided over by Boniface IX
1400: Boniface IX
1423: Martin V
1450: Nicholas V
1475: proclaimed by Paul II, presided over by Sixtus IV
1500: Alexander VI
1525: Clement VII
1550: proclaimed by Paul III, presided over by Julius III
1575: Gregory XIII
1600: Clement VIII
1625: Urban VIII
1650: Innocent X
1675: Clement X
1700: opened by Innocent XII, closed by Clement XI
1725: Benedict XIII
1750: Benedict XIV
1775: proclaimed by Clement XIV, presided over by Pius VI
1825: Leo XII
1875: Pius IX
1900: Leo XIII
1925: Pius XI
1933: Pius XI
1950: Pius XII
1975: Paul VI
1983: John Paul II
2000: John Paul II
In the years 1800 and 1850, due to the political circumstances of the times, there were no jubilees.
Note: For those who would like to travel with us on pilgrimage:
(1) In mid-July 2015 (and again in 2016, God willing), we will travel with a small group of Inside the Vatican
readers on our 2nd annual "Urbi et Orbi" pilgrimage to Russia, Turkey
and the Vatican, to visit eastern Orthodox leaders, shrines and
momasteries, and to talk with Vatican officials about ecumenical
relations between Catholics and Orthodox;
In December, we will be gathering in Rome to be present when Pope
Francis opens the Holy Door to begin his Special Jubilee of Mercy. If
you would like to join us on either of these pilgrimages, email now for more information;
In November, 2016, we will be in Rome with a small group of pilgrims
for the closing of the Holy Door and the end of the Jubilee of Mercy.
keep all of these pilgrimages small, so please contact us if you would
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