This year is a special year for Catholics. The Holy Father has declared it to be an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (Jubilee Year, Holy Year of Mercy) in his Papal Bull “Misericordiae Vultus” (Latin version here) with an official page at im.va.
As a means to implement the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis gave a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella on instructions and clarified requirements of obtaining Plenary Indulgence for this year. Archbishop Fisichella is the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.
The Letter included the declaration that the Holy Father intended that the Faithful individually experience and obtain the Jubilee Indulgence (plenary). Indulgence as a term can be confusing since many think that it is a license to sin. But it’s not. This Year, we obtain an Apostolic Indulgence that is in the discretion of the Pope.
To obtain the Apostolic Indulgence, the Letter of the Holy Father indicates the following:
- make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop
- go to the Sacrament of Confession, to any priest of the Catholic Church
- celebrate the Eucharistic Mass with a reflection on mercy
- In each of these activity, we are to:
- make a profession of Faith (I believe in …)
- pray for the intentions of the Pope (e.g. 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be) (or any prayer you wish)
There are a lot of websites and pages that details the location of Holy Doors in different dioceses all over the world. You may have them commented here if you wish. 🙂
All Catholics should discuss about this Great Year of Mercy in of our time!
You may download the following leaflets for reproduction for personal or group use (even for parish). They are for free and without copyright (except possibly for some images, but they are taken from wikipedia.org)!