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Jubilee of Mercy

in the Archdiocese of Southwark

On the 11th April 2015 Pope Francis proclaimed that an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy would begin later that year on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Jubilee of Mercy invites us to contemplate the mercy of God revealed to us in the face of Jesus, his Son. The Jubilee offers us the opportunity to reflect on how we might better radiate and reflect the tender love of God in our world and to seek to draw others into experiencing that love and mercy.

In Rome the Jubilee began with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door of St Peter' Basilica, at which point it became a 'Door of Mercy'. In order that many people may pass through a Door of Mercy the Holy Father asked that every Cathedral have a Door of Mercy, and permiitted Bishops to permit Shrines in their Diocese also to have a Door of Mercy.

In Southwark we have four 'Doors of Mercy':
At the Cathedral to be opened on Sunday 13th December, during the 11.30am Cathedral Parish Mass;
                at St Augustine’s Shrine, Ramsgate, opening in January.
                at St Jude’s Shrine, Faversham,
                and at The Friars, Aylesford.

Archbishop Peter encourages the people of the Diocese to make a Pilgrimage during the Jubilee to a Door of Mercy, as a tangible act of participation in the Jubilee. Several Deaneries and Parishes are planning visits to the Cathedral.


The Jubilee of Mercy has begun

Archbishop Peter, together with Bishop Paul Hendricks and several other priests celebrated the Cathedral Parish 12.30pm Mass on Tuesday the 8th December

151208 - Year of Mercy Opening Mass

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen by Pope Francis to be the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy; a particularly important day in the dioceses as Mary the Immaculate Conception is our principal Patron

151208 - Year of Mercy Opening Mass

Earlier that day, in Rome Pope Francis had also celebrated Mass, in St Peter’s Square, before officially starting the Jubilee by opening the Holy Door of the Basilica, which for the duration of the Jubilee is designated a ‘Door of Mercy’
151208 - Year of Mercy Opening Mass

Similar doors will be opened in Cathedrals and Shrines throughout the world on the Third Sunday of Advent (13th December), including a new door into the Cathedral. Southwark will have three further official ‘Doors of Mercy’ two in shrines looked after by the Carmelites, The Friars, Aylesford, and St Jude’s Shrine, Faversham, which will be opened on December 13th, and also at the Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate, which will open in January
In a recent message to the people of the Diocese Archbishop Peter encouraged everyone to undertake a pilgrimage to a Door of Mercy during the Jubilee.



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