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Pope Francis' second Encyclical: Laudato Si'-'Praise be to you'.

His Holiness has challenged ‘every person living on this planet’ to enter into a new dialogue toward building a better future.

The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has provided a summary of this Encyclical' - some principal concepts are continually taken up and enriched:

  • the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet
  •  the conviction that everything in the world is connected
  • the critique of new paradigms and forms of power dervied from technology
  • the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress
  • the value proper to each creature
  • the human meaning of ecology
  • the need for forthright and honest debate
  • the serious responsibility of international and local policy
  • the throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle (16)

Additional details concerning this document are available on the website of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference.


The Synod on the Family happened between 4-25th October, 2015. Follow events and outcomes of the Synod on the official website.



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Catholic News

Holy Year of Mercy

8th December 2015 - 20th November 2016

(Visit the Vatican website for details)



With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity...His person is nothing but love, a love given gratuitously.  The relationships he forms with the people who approach him manifest something entirely unique and unrepeatable.  The signs he works, especially in favor of sinners, the poor, the marginalized, the sick, and the suffering, are all meant to teach mercy.  Everything in him speaks of mercy. Nothing in him is devoid of compassion.

Mercy overcomes every wall, every barrier and leads you to always seek the face of the man, of the person. And it is mercy which changes the heart and the life, which can regenerate a person and allow him or her to integrate into society in a new way.

True mercy, the mercy of God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to the poor no longer.

Mercy is the divine attitude that embraces, it is God's self-giving that welcomes, that leans down to forgive.

God is always waiting for us. He never grows tired. Jesus shows us this merciful patience of God so that we can regain confidence and hope - always!

(Pope Francis)

Pope Francis was asked this question:

What is mercy for you?

This is his response:

"Mercy" derives from misericordis, which means opening one's heart to wretchedness. And immediately we go to the Lord: mercy is the divine attitude which embraces, it is God giving himself tous, accepting us, and vowing to forgive.  Jesus said he came not for those who were good but for sinners. He did not come for the healthy, who do not need a doctor, but for the sick.  For this reason, we can say that mercy is God's identity card. God of Mercy, merciful God. For me, this really is the Lord's identity.

Mercy is deeply connected to God's faithfulness.  The Lord is faithful because he cannot deny himself. this is explained well by Saint Paul in the Second Letter to Timothy: "If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself." You can deny God, you can sin against him, but God cannot deny himself. God remains faithful.

It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  It will be a way to reawaken our  conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty.  And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy.  Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples.  Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.  And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy:  to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead.

We cannot escape the Lord’s words to us, and they will serve as the criteria upon which we will be judged:  whether we have fed the hungry and given drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger and clothed the naked, or spent time with the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-45).  Moreover, we will be asked if we have helped others to escape the doubt that causes them to fall into despair and which is often a source of loneliness; if we have helped to overcome the ignorance in which millions of people live, especially children deprived of the necessary means to free them from the bonds of poverty; if we have been close to the lonely and afflicted; if we have forgiven those who have offended us and have rejected all forms of anger and hate that lead to violence; if we have had the kind of patience God shows, who is so patient with us; and if we have commended our brothers and sisters to the Lord in prayer.  In each of these “little ones,” Christ himself is present.  His flesh becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished, and the exiled … to be acknowledged, touched, and cared for by us.  Let us not forget the words of Saint John of the Cross:  “as we prepare to leave this life, we will be judged on the basis of love”.  (Pope Francis)


Year of Mercy: The mercy of God always triumphs! The love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. 

The Love of God can do this!

The same love for which the Son ofGod became man and followed the way of humility and self-giving to the very end, down to hell - to the abyss of separation from God - this same merciful love has flooded with light the dead body of Jesus, has transfigured it, has made it pass into eternal life. Jesus did not return to his former life, to earthly life, but entered into the glorious life of God and he entered there with our humanity, opening to us the future of hope. Pope Francis.

In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those    living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes which modern society itself creates.  How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today!  How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich!  During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to    assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care.  Let us not fall into humiliating indifference or a monotonous routine that prevents us from discovering what is new!  Let us ward off destructive cynicism!  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!  May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!

May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy.(Pope Francis)

At a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy." When announcing the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said: 'I have decided to announce an Extrodinary 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!


A description of the Year of Mercy Logo

Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy.  These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.  Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, "rich in mercy" (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses, as "a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Ex 34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature.  In the "fullness of time" (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.
Mercy: the word reveals the verty mystery of the Most Holy Trinity.
Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.
Mercy: the fundalmental law that dewlls in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life.
Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the ope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. 
At all times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's actions in our lives

My thoughts now turn to the Mother of Mercy. Chosen to be the Mother of the Son of God, Mary, from the outset was prepared by the love of God to be the Ark of the Convenant between God and man.  She treasured divine mercy in her heart in perfect harmony with her Son Jesus.  Her hymn of praise, sung at the threshold of the home of Elizabeth, was dedicated to the mercy of God which extends from "generation to generation" (Lk 1:50).  We too were included in those prophetic words of the Virgin Mary.

I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.  In this Jubilee Year let us allow god to surprise us.  He nevertieres of castin open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us.

From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly.  It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people draw from it.  Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends.

In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love.  May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: "Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old" (Ps 25:6)

Pope Francis: Proclamation of the Year of Mercy


Pope Francis identified the family as “the first and most important school of mercy, in which we learn to see God’s loving face and to mature and develop as human beings.”




Free Year of Mercy app.

An app has been developed to assist daily prayer and reflection during the Year of Mercy.

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The Name of God is Mercy: is the title of a new book set to be released on the 12 January. In the book, Pope Francis reveals his vision of God’s mercy.

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