The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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“The Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.” – Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 2.
Today marks the start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
This Year of Mercy begins with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, by Pope Francis, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It concludes on 20 November 2016.
On the Third Sunday of Advent, Doors of Mercy will open in local churches around the world. This signifies the “Church’s universal communion” and the year as an “extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal.” We are called to celebrate mercy and to joyously participate in this great jubilee.
As we begin this special journey together may we remember Mary, Mother of Mercy. As Pope Francis said, “May the sweetness of her countenance watch over us in this Holy Year, so that all of us may rediscover the joy of God’s tenderness.” [1][2]

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