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WYD 2016 in the calendar of the Jubilee of Mercy

2015-05-08 / Rzym


The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced the program of the Jubilee of Mercy, which will take place under the motto “Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful”. Young people will experience their Jubilee in Krakow during World Youth Day.

The Jubilee Year dedicated to Mercy begins on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and will come to an end on Nov. 20, 2016, the date when the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is celebrated. The pope entrusted the organization of the Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization so that it might ‘‘animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy.’‘

Subsequently, the Jubilee’s relation to the idea of God’s mercy will be celebrated. Those will be i.e., jubilee of roman curia, Jubilee for those who are devoted to the spirituality of the Divine Mercy, Jubilee for priests and Jubilee for young people. The Jubilee for young people will be World Youth Day in Krakow.

“I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time,” Pope Francis wrote. 

In the Misericordiae Vultus Bull (Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee) we can read: “A Jubilee also entails the granting of indulgences. This practice will acquire an even more important meaning in the Holy Year of Mercy.” Therefore, the Pope gave a possibility to open the cathedral door with the opening of the Holy Doors in St. Peter’s Basilica and in Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization presents the logo of the Holy Year, created by Father Marko Rupnik. The official website has been activated and the social media profiles are in 7 languages. 

The WYD’s motto “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Mt 5,7) matches to the celebration of the Holy Year. The theme song of WYD 2016, “Blessed are the merciful,” openly speaks of God’s mercy and forgiveness by the sacrifice of Christ.

The Bull of Induction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (the Misericordiae Vultus Bull) was declared on 11th of April 2015, on the first Sunday after Easter, called Divine Mercy Sunday by the Pops Francis.


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