Year of Mercy: Opening Ceremonies and Mass for the Jubilee

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith Pope Francis’ proclamation that 2015-2016 will be a Year of Mercy, Catholic leaders in the Diocese of Phoenix are focusing on what it means for the faithful and how the year will be celebrated.

The pope has asked that all dioceses around the world designate a “Door of Mercy” at their cathedral or another special church or shrine, and that every diocese implement the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative on the Friday and Saturday before the fourth week of Lent. In Rome the last two years, the pope has opened the celebration with a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica and churches around the city were open for the next 24 hours for confessions and Eucharistic Adoration.

The Diocese of Phoenix will have two Doors of Mercy to mark the year. One will be located at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral and the other will be at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona.