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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC November 27, 2015 3 H ow can I explain to friends in a nutshell: Whats the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and what does it mean for us? Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Jubi- lee of Mercy on March 13, 2015, and then published Misericordiae Vultus (Face of Mercy) about a month later on April 11, which was the vig- il of Divine Mercy Sunday. In the Face of Mercy he lays out in about 20 pages his hopes for the Jubilee of Mercy and also a number of practical ways to live mercy during the year. We would strongly invite you to read the whole document. It is easy for the non-theologian to grasp and would be great material for spiritual reading during the season of Advent. In the homily in which he announced the Jubilee, Pope Francis stated, No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses toward those who convert. In #21 of the Face of Mercy, Pope Francis states, Mercy is not opposed to justice but rather express- es Gods way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe. In other words, Pope Francis is calling the entire Church to reach out to those most in need of the mercy and compassion of God and invite them to faithfully abandon themselves to the will of God. In his March 13 homily Pope Francis proclaims, Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mis- sion of being a witness to mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an Extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lords words: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (cf. Lk 6:36). This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) and will end on Nov. 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Fathers mercy. In the mind of Pope Francis, then, the Extraordi- nary Jubilee of Mercy is a yearlong period of spir- itual conversion. As he states in the Face of Mercy #3, it is a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective. He expresses his deep-felt hopes in #5 of the same document: How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing good- ness and tenderness to God. Notice from the homily above, howev- er, that Pope Francis sees the Jubilee of Mercy to be just the beginning of the jour- ney. In the Face of Mercy #12, he writes, In the present day, as the Church is charged with the task of the new evangelization, the theme of mercy needs to be proposed again and again with new enthusiasm and renewed pastoral action. It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. And this theme of mercy cannot just be talked about in papal documents! The mercy of the Father must be evident every- where. In our parishes, communities, associations and movements, in a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy. So in a nutshell the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is a time of spiritual conversion in which Pope Francis is calling the whole Church and each of her members to witness more authentically in word and deed to the unfathomable riches of the mercy of Christ in order that our Lord Jesus may be ever more loved, honored, and glorified. 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Father Edward Baah Baaffi Father Dominic Apyapong Ask our priests: What's the Jubilee of Mercy? Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016 BY ELISE HARRIS CNA/EWTN NEWS Pope Francis will jump-start the Jubilee of Mercy by opening the diocese of Banguis Holy Door while in the Central African Republic, as a sign of prayer and solidarity for the war-torn nation this Sunday. To manifest the prayerful closeness of the entire Church to this afflicted and tormented nation and to exhort all Central Africans to increasingly be witnesses of mercy and reconciliation, Sunday, Nov. 29, I plan to open the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Bangui, the pope said Nov. 1. One of the novelties for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy is that for the first time Holy Doors will be designated in every diocese throughout the world. Holy Doors have been designated at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Bishop John Doerfler will open the doors on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Each of the four major basilicas in Rome has a holy door, which are normally sealed shut from the inside so that they cannot be opened. The doors are only opened during jubilee years so that pilgrims can enter through them in order to gain the plenary indulgence that is connected with the jubilee. The rite of the opening of the Holy Door is intended to symbolically illustrate the idea that the Churchs faith- ful are offered an extraordinary path toward salvation during the time of jubilee. Though the Jubilee for Mercy doesnt begin until Dec. 8, Pope Francis has decided to open the Holy Door in the Central African Republics capital 10 days early, during his Nov. 25-30 visit to the African continent. After opening the Holy Door in Bangui, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter Basilica when the jubilee officially begins Dec. 8. St. John Laterans door will open Dec. 13, St. Mary Ma- jors Jan. 1, 2016, while that of St. Paul Outside the Walls will open Jan. 26, 2016. Pope Francis announced the jubilee during a March 13 penitential service, the second anniversary of his papal election. It will open Dec. 8 the Solemnity of the Im- maculate Conception and will close Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The official website for the jubilee year is at www.im.va/ content/gdm/en.html Holy doors open early in Africa Holy Doors open Dec. 13 in U.P.

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