Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

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The Holy Year of Mercy will feature several individual jubilee days, among them for the Roman Curia, catechists, teenagers, and prisoners, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, reports the Catholice News Service.

During a news conference on Tuesday at the Vatican, Archbishop Rino Fisichella unveiled the official prayer, logo, calendar of events and other details of the special Holy Year, which will be celebrated from December 8 to November 20, 2016.

The motto, "Merciful Like the Father," he said, "serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure."

Pope Francis announced in March his intention to proclaim a holy year as a way for the Church to "make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy."

One way the Pope wants to show "the Church's maternal solicitude" is to send out "missionaries of mercy" -- that is, specially selected priests who have been granted "the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See," the Pope wrote in Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), the document officially proclaiming the Holy Year.

Archbishop Fisichella said the priests will be chosen on the basis of their ability to preach well, especially on the theme of mercy, and be "good confessors," meaning they are able to express God's love and do not make the confessional, as Pope Francis says, like "a torture chamber."

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Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy (CNS)

‘Missionaries of mercy’ to be sent out across the world for Holy Year (The Catholic Herald)

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