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Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has announced that from the 8 December 2015 to the 20 November 2016 will be the celebration of a Jubilee Year dedicated to the Divine Mercy. This “Jubilee Year of Mercy” will begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will conclude with the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Jubilee Year of Mercy    

"Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!
This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy. I entrust the organisation of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.

I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God"
(Pope Francis on the Announcement of the Year of Mercy, 13 March 2015)

Click Here to read the full text of the Announcement of the Year of Mercy by Pope Francis

Click Here to read the Bull of Indiction (13 March 2015)

Pastoral Letter on the Jubilee Year of Mercy from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe
“Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown to them” (Matt 5:7).
On December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis will inaugurate, in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Jubilee Year of Mercy by opening the Holy Door.
Here in our archdiocese on that same day, the feast of our cathedral and of our archdiocese, we will mark the commencement of this special year at the Mass in the Cathedral at 12.10pm. And then, in accordance with the wishes of the Holy Father, our own Holy Door will be solemnly opened in the Cathedral at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, December 12.

Click here to read the full text from Archbishop Costelloe's Homily on the Inauguration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy (8 December 2015)

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Opening of the Holy Door (Archdiocese of Perth)
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe celebrated the commencement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door at St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday 12 December 2015

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Click here to read the text from Archbishop Costelloe's Homily on the Opening of the Holy Door (12 December 2015)

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Pilgrimage churches and shrines for the Archdiocese of Perth

St Mary’s Cathedral, 17 Victoria Square, Perth

St Patrick’s Basilica, 47 Adelaide Street, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Holy Trinity Abbey, Great Eastern Hwy, New Norcia

St Mary’s Church, Brookman Street & Porter Street, Kalgoorlie

Our Lady of the Mission, 270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie

Carmelite Monastery, Elizabeth Street & Thomas Street, Nedlands WA 6009, Australia

Schoenstatt Shrine, 9 Talus Dr, Mt Richon

Redemptorist Monastry, 190 Vincent Street, North Perth WA 6006, Australia

Click here for more information on Indulgences for the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Perth

Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference
Continuing an ancient tradition in the Church, dioceses across Australia are preparing to open Doors of Mercy for the Jubilee of Mercy that will commence on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2015, across the Church internationally.
Pope Francis wants the Holy Year to be for believers ‘a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God’. The Holy Father asks the faithful to make pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the diocesan Bishop. Everyone can participate in the Jubilee pilgrimage.

Click Here to Read the Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (1 December 2015)

the practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.

Click here to download the Pilgrim's Guide to the Jubilee Holy Door of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Mercy