On March 13, 2015, Pope Francis announced his intention to proclaim an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, a Holy Year of Mercy. On numerous occasions the Holy Father described the Church as a witness to mercy. This witness to mercy is a journey that begins with our own spiritual conversion.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began on December 8, 2015, will conclude on November 20, 2016. During the course of the Holy Year it is the hope of the Holy Father that the Church and all peoples of good will, will remember and live the mercy of God. And that each one of us may heed the call to imitate the mercy of God as shown to us by Jesus Christ, who himself is the face of the Father’s mercy.