In April 2015 Pope Francis announced in a special letter that 2016 would be a Holy Year on the theme of Mercy. This is a very long letter but the following quotes from it tell us some of what the Pope expects of us during this year.
Merciful like the Father, is the “motto” of this Holy Year. In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society:
Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity!
It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The web page of the Dicoese of Oakland for the Year of Mercy
What are the spiritual and corporal works of mercy?
The corporal works of mercy are as follows:
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