As the Diocese launched the year of Mercy on 13th December 2015 at St.Joseph pro Cathedral Pope Francis had launched the year on 8th December 2015 at St. Peter’s Basilica.
The celebrations of the jubilee year of Mercy includes traditions such as opening special holy doors at Cathedrals and churches across the world, The opening of the door is meant to symbolically illustrate the idea that the Church’s faithful are offered an “extraordinary path” toward salvation during the time of jubilee.
He called those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door of mercy to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love.
“To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy. “In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love, let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved, instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.” Said the Pope.
in this the year of mercy, Pope Francis is challenging each one of us to consider how our concrete actions might help make God’s mercy more evident in our world today, reaching out to the less fortunate in the society, bringing the joy of the Gospel, and the mercy and forgiveness of God to them. So as to create an inclusive community empowering the marginalized.