Jubilee will make mercy ‘foundation of Church’s life’

16 April 2015 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome , n
 Pope Francis has unveiled his vision for the Jubilee Year of Mercy saying that the Church must put a new and overriding emphasis on forgiveness.The formal announcement of the Year at Vespers in St Peter’s Basilica last Saturday was accompanied by the release of the bull Misericordiae Vultus, or “The Face of Mercy”. The document opens with the declaration, “Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy”. Francis notes that the year starts on 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and also the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. “The Church feels a great need to keep this event alive,” Francis writes. “With the council, the Church entered a new phase of her history … The walls which too long

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