‘Jubilee Year of Mercy’ begins December 8

Announced at the Vatican by His Holiness Pope Francis March 13, 2015 during the Great Fast (Lent), the Jubilee Year of Mercy will commence on the feast of the Maternity of Holy Anna (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) and will conclude on Sunday Nov. 20, 2016. Following are excerpts from the Holy Father’s announcement:

“Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors!

So much mercy! “I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always.Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.” „
Source: https://www.im.va/content/gdm/en/giubileo/annuncio.html