Background to the Jubilee of Mercy

Welcome to the BEMERCIFUL website. This website has information and resources to help with the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham.

Pope Francis announced in April 2015 that there would be a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting in December, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and ends on 20 November 2016, the feast of Christ the King and will be celebrated across the world. When he announced it he said: “Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always, Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.”

So this web site aims to provide resources/ideas and links for parishes and schools to BEMERCIFUL to others.


More background to the Year.

Traditionally, every 25 years the Pope proclaims a holy year, which features special celebrations and pilgrimages, it includes a strong call for conversion and repentance and offers special opportunities to experience God’s grace particularly through the Sacraments, especially confession. ‘Extra-ordinary’ holy years like this Year of Mercy are less frequent, but offer the same opportunities for spiritual growth.

This Jubilee was announced by the Vatican in a Papal Bull called – Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of mercy). It is composed of 25 numbered sections where the Pope reflects on different features of mercy. Pope Francis writes: “The Church is commissioned  to announce the  mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way  must penetrate the heart and mind of every person.” (MV12). He is calling us to proclaim the gift of God’s mercy and it is addressed to us all and says: ‘This is the opportune moment to change our lives. This is the time to allow our hearts to be touched. It is the time to listen to the cry of innocent people who are deprived of their property , their dignity, their feelings and even their lives.’ With this in mind he has asked us to particularly reflect on the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy.

The link to the full document Misericordiae Vultus is here:


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