Merciful like the Father

For more information on how to experience this Year of Mercy, you can visit the website:

The Works of Mercy

The Works of Mercy

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;
- bury the dead.

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;
- pray for the living and the dead.


Jubilee of Mercy

The Jubilee of Mercy invoked by Pope Francis, which opened on December 8, 2015, is a special gift to help us rediscover God’s profound love for us and the call that we all share to be “merciful as the Father is merciful”.  In this special focus page you will find:

- A firsthand account of the unforgettable Jubilee opening ceremony

- An interview with Msgr. Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization

- A feature article to help us get to the heart of the Jubilee year

- The Holy Doors opened in the Holy Land

- A spiritual booklet, realized by the Order’s Communications Services to help pilgrims to the Holy Land during the Jubilee Year

- A comment by Pope Francis on the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy

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The Jubilee contemplating the five wounds of Christ

The Jubilee of Mercy, which closes November 20, the feast of Christ the King, has already seen...

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Living the Jubilee of Mercy in the Holy Land

On Sunday, December 13, in the Basilica of the Agony at Gethsemane, Msgr. Fouad Twal, the Latin...

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Msgr. Fisichella and the planning of the Jubilee

Your Excellency, what can be expected in Rome during the Holy Year of Mercy in support of the...

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Pilgrims of Mercy in the Holy Land

The Communication Services of the Order in Rome, in coordination with Msgr. Fortunato Frezza,...

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The opening of the Jubilee in St. Peter’s Square

December 8 marked the 1,000th day of Pope Francis’ papacy. Saint Peter’s Square was cordoned off by...

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Works of “living mercy” for the Holy Year

The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we help our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily...

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Mercy at the center: the call by Pope Francis

The Jubilee celebrates the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, as the...

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Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us,
the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world,
its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel
compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy;
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.