What is the Year of Mercy

“We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it…Mercy [is]: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”

– Misericordiae vultus, 2


God is merciful – all the time!

But we forget that God’s mercy is always available to us – and Pope Francis wants us to pay attention to the truth of God’s mercy and love. Remembering and paying attention to this truth is so important that he has proclaimed an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy” so that we may pay attention to it, respond to it and share it with the entire world.

An Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy! What is that? A Jubilee is a year of the remission of sins and of suffering from sin, of reconciliation, of conversion and of sacramental penance.  365 days of solidarity, hope justice and commitment to serving God n the spirit of joy and peace with everyone.  Above all, however, the Jubilee Year is the year of Christ, the giver of life and of grace to humanity.

An EXTRAORDINARY Jubilee Year means that it is one declared as a celebration of an event of outstanding importance and urgency.

In a Jubilee Year, pilgrimage sites and Holy Doors are designated as places of prayer and reflection.  In this Year of Mercy a special Reconciliation event will occur worldwide on March 4/5 – 24 Hours for the Lord.  The Diocese of Orange will have multiple celebrations of the sacrament of Penance along with opportunities for Adoration and other prayerful celebrations at the Christ Cathedral Campus.


Click here to read Pope Francis’ proclamation

Click here to read Bishop Robert Barron’s perspectives

Click here to read the Year of Mercy monthly themes and events