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Monday, 11 May 2015 09:27

Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

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Year of Mercy 150During a news conference at the Vatican on 5 May, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the official prayer, logo, calendar of events and other details of the special holy year, which will be celebrated from 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016, reports Carol Glatz.

The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

The year-long extraordinary jubilee will also include several individual jubilee days, such as for the Roman Curia, catechists, teenagers and prisoners, said Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, the office organising events for the Holy Year of Mercy.

Year of Mercy logoDuring a news conference at the Vatican on 5 May, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the official prayer, logo, calendar of events and other details of the special holy year, which will be celebrated from 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.

The motto, Merciful Like the Father, he said, “serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure”.

Pope Francis announced in March his intention to proclaim a holy year as a way for the Church to “make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy”.

One way the Pope wants to show “the Church’s maternal solicitude” is to send out “missionaries of mercy” – that is, specially selected priests who have been granted “the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See”, the Pope wrote in Misericordiae Vultus, (“The Face of Mercy”), the document officially proclaiming the holy year.

Archbishop Fisichella said the priests will be chosen on the basis of their ability to preach well, especially on the theme of mercy, and be “good confessors”, meaning they are able to express God’s love and not make the confessional, as Pope Francis says, like “a torture chamber”.

The featured image shows the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8 and runs until Nov. 20, 2016. PHOTO: CNS/courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

This story was published on 8 May 2015 in The Record, the weekly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.