Year of Mercy - Catholic Church of Montreal

Year of Mercy

Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy; a Holy Year from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016.

What is a Jubilee? What is a Holy Year?

A jubilee marks the anniversary of a joyous event, religious or profane. In Catholic tradition, a jubilee is also called a Holy Year. The most recent jubilee was in 2000.

A Holy Year is a year of solidarity, hope, justice, and commitment to the service of God and our human brothers and sisters. It is also a year of remission, indulgence, and reconciliation, of conversion and sacramental penance.

What is Mercy?

The Latin word misericordia literally means: having one's heart (cor) with the poor (miseri); having a heart that beats for all forms of poverty.

Mercy is not a sign of weakness, affirmed the pope in his bull Misericordiae vultus. It is quite the opposite. The pope referred to the Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas, according to which "It is proper to God to exercise mercy, and he manifests his omnipotence particularly in this way."

Mercy becomes manifest through the works of mercy: feeding the hungry, providing drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, welcoming foreigners, pilgrims, and those in need, visiting the sick, proclaiming the Good News to prisoners and captives, burying the dead...

The Door of Mercy

The Door of Mercy is a special door that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, requested be opened in every diocese on the occasion of this extraordinary Holy Year, allowing the faithful worldwide to fully experience the Father's Mercy.

Throughout the year, until November 20, 2016, Catholics are invited to cross the thresholds of the Doors of Mercy, as a means of receiving penance and getting closer to Christ. According to the pope, the Holy Year serves as the path to "spiritual conversion."

Closing of the Jubilee of Mercy - Video

On November 12, 2016, Archbishop Christian Lépine celebrated the closing ceremony of the Jubilee of Mercy at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
Highlights: Closing of the Door of Mercy and  Monseigneur-Ignace-Bourget Diocesan Award of Merit.

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Closing of the Jubilee of Mercy - Invitation of ArchBishop Lépine

(2016-10-26) In a letter addressed to the faithful, Archbishop Christian Lépine invites us to the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy, Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 pm.

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Share your experiences of Mercy!

As this Year of Mercy is drawing to a close, we would like to invite you to share an experience in which you were touched by the goodness of God's love.

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Archbishop’s Message

December 8th will mark the beginning of the Year of Mercy. During this time, we are encouraged by Pope Francis to look upon "the face of mercy," for it is "the bridge that connects God and mankind..." (Misericordiae Vultus No. 2).

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Doors of Mercy in Montreal

Just like Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, certain churches will also open a Door of Mercy, opening on January and February 2016 to November 1, 2016.

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Churches of Mercy in Montreal

As suggested by the Archbishop in his letter for the opening of the Jubilee of Mercy, some of our parishes have chosen to make their church a Church of Mercy, not with a Door of Mercy, but by committing to offer "24 Hours for the Lord."

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Some basic notions

Here are some interesting explanations about the meaning of Mercy, pilgrimages, indulgences, and works of mercy.

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Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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."

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The Pope opens the Holy Door of Mercy in Bangui, "spiritual capital of the world"

"Today Bangui becomes the spiritual capital of the world. The Holy Year of Mercy comes in advance to this land. A land that has suffered for many years as a result of war, hatred, misunderstanding, and the lack of peace...", said Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis opens Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, inaugurating the Jubilee of Mercy. The ceremony took place after he celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in St. Peter's Square.

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Video Section

Throughout the year, you will find here video clips, testimonials, conferences, explanations and more.

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Activities Calendar

This is the place to find out what is happening in the Archdiocese for this Year of Mercy. If you have any suggestions, please write us at

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