2015 will mark 50 years since the closing of the Vatican II Ecumenical
Council. In 1965, this was a significant moment in the near 2000 year
journey of the Church, invoking openness toward its people.
the occasion of Divine Mercy Sunday, 12 April 2015, Pope Francis
released the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy,
Misericordiae Vultus. This Holy Year of Mercy, commencing on 8 December
2015 and concluding on the Feast of Christ the King on 20 November 2016,
will be celebrated in every Catholic Diocese throughout the world;
bringing mercy and the accompanying themes of love, compassion and
forgiveness into focus, so that Catholics may put mercy into practice in
their everyday lives and remain open to the genuine spirit of Vatican II and
its promise of inclusiveness and understanding.