The Season of Lent arrives early in 2016. Ash Wednesday is February 10. Easter Sunday is March 27. Because this is the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has placed very special emphasis on the celebration of the forty days leading to Easter.
This past December, our Holy Father inaugurated the Year of Mercy, a Jubilee Year for which there are many dimensions. There are re-discoveries of the face of God, a face turned towards all humanity in Jesus Christ, a face of mercy and faithfulness.
We just celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the conclusion of the Christmas Season. I want to extend to all of you who sent cards and greetings, gifts and best wishes to me for Christmas a very sincere thanks.
Lord Jesus, Come! That acclamation of praise and yearning, of faith and hope, is proclaimed frequently in the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting anew for the mercy of the Lord, a mercy that will be marked in a distinctive way this coming liturgical year by the celebration of a special Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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