25-31 July 2016 – World Youth Day

FOR US AND THE WHOLE WORLD

Spiritual preparations preceding WYD

 

Seven months before World Youth Day, for the inauguration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Pastoral Department of WYD Krakow 2016 has prepared a unique project: a series of meetings and conferences entitled “For us and the whole world”, which will be broadcast online and available on the Internet in nine languages.

Encouraged by Pope Francis, we want to prepare ourselves for WYD by performing works of mercy. From December 2015 to June 2016, during seven meetings, which will take place on Saturday afternoons in the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, special guests invited from Poland and abroad will introduce us to the topics of mercy and works of mercy, which are meant to be a starting point for the practical performance of mercy in life.

Thanks to the live broadcasting via Internet (in Polish and in English), and afterwards the recording and translation of the conferences into nine languages, youth from the whole world can take part in this spiritual preparation. In this way, young people will meet through prayer and listening to the Word of God long before WYD.

These meetings will be led by Tomasz Adamski and Mateusz Ochman, Internet bloggers who are known and appreciated by the young generation.

During the first part of the meeting, the hosts will speak with the invited guests about works of mercy. A film will be shown about 12 of Krakow’s Saints, whose lives can inspire us to perform mercy in life.

Following the Eucharist, the evangelizing part of the meeting will begin: a conference that will end with a prayer of praise.

 

The first conference “For us and the whole world” – will take place as soon as December 12th. It will be given by Antonello Cadeddu and Fr. Enrique Porcu, who are missionaries from the community of Alliance of Mercy in Brazil. The topic will be two works of mercy: admonishing sinners and feeding the hungry. Two saints – St. Stanislaus, bishop and martyr, as well as Brother Albert – will be the witnesses of mercy.

 

The next meetings will take place on January 16th (the guest will be Fr. Michał Olszewski SCJ) and on February 20th (Fr. Adam Szustak OP).

 

The conference will begin at 4.30pm.

 

Source: www.krakow2016.com

Pope Francis presents Bull of Indiction of Jubilee of Mercy

2015-04-11 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday afternoon proceeded with the presentation of the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, set to begin December 8.

The bull is the fundamental document for the Holy Year that outlines the overall spirit and intentions for the Jubilee, as well as the spiritual fruits that are hoped for.

It was read by Fr Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, in a ceremony by the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis then moved into the basilica to preside Vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday.

The 28-page bull, titled “Misericordiae Vultus” or “The Face of Mercy” opens with the declaration, “Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.”

In the document, Pope Francis says the Holy Year is “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy” which God “constantly extends to all of us.”

He explains the year will begin on December 8 to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone.

After the Holy Door of St Peter’s is open on December 8, the Holy Doors of the other papal basilicas will be opened in subsequent days. As well, as a sign of communion of the whole Church, the pope has requested that every diocese in the world open a similar “Door of Mercy” for the local celebrations of the Jubilee.

The document develops three main themes.

First, Pope Francis elaborates the theological understanding of God’s mercy, explaining the role of mercy in the life of people and of the Church, who are both the beneficiaries and the witnesses to God’s mercy in the world.

“The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality through which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child,” the Pope writes.

“Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life,” he continues. “The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.”

He recalls that the motto of the Holy Year is “Merciful like the Father.”

“Wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident,” he writes. “Wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.”

As  a second theme, the Pope offers practical ways to live well the Holy Year: go on pilgrimage as an “impetus to conversion”; do not judge or condemn but forgive and give, avoiding gossip, envy and jealousy; have a heart open to the fringes of society and bring consolation, mercy and solidarity to people who live in precarious situations; take up the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy with joy; and observe the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which encourages prayer and the sacrament of reconciliation, in every diocese during Lent.

He also addresses confessors, encouraging them to be “authentic signs of the Father’s mercy.” And, during Lent of the Holy Year, the Pope says he will send out “Missionaries of Mercy”–priests to whom he will grant “the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See.” They will be “living signs of the Father’s readiness to welcome those in search of his pardon,” he writes.

As a third theme, the Pope issues particular calls for justice and conversion. He asks members of criminal organizations and those involved in corruption to change their lives and to embrace God’s mercy.

He also notes that both Judaism and Islam “consider mercy to be one of God’s most important attributes.” And he expresses “trust that this Jubilee… will foster an encounter” with these and other religions that will “open us to even more fervent dialogue” toward greater knowledge and understanding, “eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.”

He also recalls the relationship between justice and mercy as “two dimensions of a single reality that…culminates in the fullness of love.”

“God does not deny justice,” he continues. “He rather envelopes it and surpasses it with an even greater event (mercy) in which we experience love as the foundation of true justice.”

The pope concludes the bull with an invocation to Mary, witness to God’s mercy and recalls saint who dedicated their lives to making God’s mercy known, namely the Polish St Faustina Kowalska.

After excerpts from the document were read on Saturday evening, Pope Francis gave a copy of the bull to the cardinal archpriests of each of the four papal basilicas in Rome, as well as to cardinals from the different continents, representing the Church throughout the world.

As with all Jubilees, a plenary indulgence is granted during the Holy Year of Mercy for those who fulfill all of the usual requirements.

The Holy Year will conclude on November 20, 2016, on the feast of Christ the King.

Source: http://www.news.va