Year of Mercy

The raising of Lazarus by Michelangelo Caravaggio
To celebrate the end of the Year of Mercy, St Aloysius parish in Glasgow organised two talks that were both experiential and helped participants to ‘think outside the box’ on the topic of God’s mercy.The first presentation was by internationally renowned composer and former parishioner Sir James MacMillan who talked about finding God’s Mercy through Music. His talk to a packed auditorium at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was illustrated by some of his own...
Fr Greg Boyle SJ with members of the Home Boys team
Around 2,000 young Catholics from across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador have taken part in the 19th annual 'Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice' in Washington DC. The annual gathering provides opportunities for attendees to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition. A significant portion of those taking part were young people, aged 16-22, representing Jesuit and other Catholic institutions and the Teach-In theme...
Liverpool pilgrims in Wadowize
More than two dozen parishioners from the North West of England, including several from St Francis Xavier’s Church (SFX) in Liverpool, have taken part in a pilgrimage to Poland as part of their celebrations for the Year of Mercy. The 28 pilgrims came from the Liverpool City Centre North Pastoral Area and their visit included places of significance to Saint Pope John Paul II, the home of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa and sites of Second World War atrocities.The pilgrimage to Krakow was...
For all his daily essentials: 10 litres of water
The Chaplain at Wimbledon College, the Jesuit school for 11 to 18-year-old boys in South West London, has set himself a thirsty challenge for Lent: to live on 10 litres of water a day for a week. James Potter, who took the challenge to live on less than £1 a day a few years ago, is fundraising through the College for CAFOD’S Lenten Water appeal.  He is also linking it with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, specifically ‘Giving drink to the thirsty’.Initially, James felt that 10 litres was quite a...
Pray As You Go's present studio
Pray As You Go is celebrating its 10th birthday today. It was on Ash Wednesday in 2006, 1 March, that Jesuit Media Initiatives – an apostolate of the Jesuits in Britain – launched the daily audio prayer, which has gone on to attract thousands of users around the world.Using bells to call the listener to prayer, a scripture passage, questions for reflection and a wide variety of music, Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable devices, to help people pray whenever...
Children at a JRS-run school for refugees in Lebanon, credit: JRS
Education is a human right and is a way of building peace and development. That was the message from the Jesuit Refugee Service as it launched an ambitious advocacy and fundraising campaign. ‘Mercy in Motion’ is regarded as a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy; and it has the active support of Pope Francis.The goal of the ‘Mercy in Motion’ Campaign is to offer educational services to 100,000 more refugees than are currently provided for, because, according to the Director...
The Choir of the Sistine Chapel at Westminster Cathedral/Mazur
The words used in the hymn for the Jubilee Year of Mercy have been written by Jesuit musician and liturgist, Fr Eugenio Costa SJ. Set to music by English Catholic, Paul Inwood, who is well known as a liturgical composer on both sides of the Atlantic, it has been designed to be used in simple liturgies as well as major events.Born in Genoa, Fr Costa has carried out his ministry in Turin, Milan and now works in the General Curia in Rome where he has already taught staff to sing the hymn. “It is...
Dermot Preston SJ
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland held an Advent Vigil for Refugees on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St Margaret’s Westminster.  The feast day also marks the beginning of the Year of Mercy.  Several  hundred people attended during the day for a vigil which included hymns, readings, prayers, testimonies and reflections.Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Jesuit Provincial, was one of the speakers invited to share reflections at the all- day event.  Fr Preston led a...
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at Bangui Cathedral, L'Osservatore Romano
The Catholic Church throughout the world formally begins the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy today, 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Francis invites the whole Church to refashion itself as a place not of judgment or condemnation but of pardon and merciful love. “Perhaps we have long since forgotten how to show and live the way of mercy,” Pope Francis wrote in the document Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy) in which he announced the Jubilee Year. He...
Terrorist attacks in Paris prompt prayers for peace and reconciliation
Jesuits and their associates throughout the world have condemned Friday’s acts of terrorism and have expressed their solidarity for the people of Paris.In Rome, Pope Francis sent a telegram to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris, in which he stated he was joined in prayer with the suffering of families affected by the drama and the pain of the French people. His message said he was asking God “to inspire thoughts of peace and solidarity in all”. Yesterday, at his weekly Angelus...

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