Pope Francis announces a Holy Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee Year for the Church, calling it a “Holy Year of Mercy.”

Jubilee of Mercy Announcement from Pope Francis

The year will begin on December 8 2015, the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council, and conclude on November 20 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

The Pope told the faithful at St Peter’s Basilica:

“Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy.

“It is a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary Jubilee that has the mercy of God at its center. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy.”

“I am convinced that the whole Church will be able to find in this jubilee the joy of rediscovering and making fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and every woman of our time,” Francis added, entrusting the Holy Year to Mary, Mother of Mercy.

I have added the Year of Mercy to my Speculative End Times Calendar.  Today, March 14, 2015, is Adar 23, 5775, on the Hebrew calendar.  The solar eclipse that bisects the Blood Moon Tetrad will be Adar 29 to Nisan 1 … next Friday to Saturday.  Nisan 1 is the first day of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, the church new year.  (The civil new year is Tishri 1, Rosh Hashanah.)  Click on the graphic to embiggen.  It is legible if printed on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper.

Watching the Signs - Spec calendar with Holy Year of Mercy added
Our Lady’s Medjugorje message from February 25, 2015:

“Dear children! In this time of grace I call all of you: pray more and speak less. In prayer seek the will of God and live it according to the commandments to which God calls you. I am with you and am praying with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”



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3 responses to “Pope Francis announces a Holy Year of Mercy

  1. From the heap o’links, things that make me go “hmmmm” category:

    “My pontificate will be brief”
    AFP / Yahoo News

    …”I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief,” the 78-year-old told Mexico’s Televisa channel.
    “Four or five years, I don’t know. Two years have already gone by.

    “It is a vague feeling I have that the Lord chose me for a short mission. I am always open to that possibility.”

    So, is he getting in big things like a year-long mercy jubilee during his presumed little window of opportunity?

    Well, he sure won’t set the record for shortest reign, right?

    In any case, this tends to affirm my theory that Benedict is still the real Pope, and this guy is just a decoy, a lightning rod. Canny Catholics.

    (I pray for merciful forgiveness if my humor at Pop Francis’s expense is deemed unpleasantly irreverent.)

    Speaking of reverent humor, I thought this Rev. Fun cartoon was funny. (H/t FenelonSpoke on Ace of Spades; Fen is sort-of the resident chaplain for that grimy locker room.)