With a renewed emphasis on compassion and pardon, the Catholic Church will begin to celebrate a global jubilee, the Holy Year of Mercy, on December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The jubilee was announced in March by Pope Francis as a way for Catholics to join in his papacy’s central message of mercy.
A jubilee year is a special year called by the church to receive blessing and pardon from God and remission of sins.
The last jubilee year was held in 2000 during the papacy of Pope John Paul II and was known as the “Great Jubilee”. The last extraordinary jubilee year was held in 1983 to celebrate 1,950 years since the death and resurrection of Jesus.
The Holy Year of Mercy will close on Nov. 20th, 2016, the feast day of Christ the King. To learn more about the jubilee year, click here.