Having recently announced that there would be a Jubilee Year of Mercy, Papa Francis said in his homily on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday 2015: "Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today? Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s presence and closeness. This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential. This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf Jn 20, 21-23). For this reason, the Holy Year must keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world and, above all, to those who suffer, who are alone and abandoned, without hope of being pardoned or feeling the Father’s love. A Holy Year to experience strongly within ourselves the joy of having been found by Jesus, the Good Shepherd who has come in search of us because we were lost. A Jubilee to receive the warmth of his love when he bears us upon his shoulders and brings us back to the Father’s house. A year in which to be touched by the Lord Jesus and to be transformed by his mercy, so that we may become witnesses to mercy. Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favourable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone, everyone, the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.
May the Mother of God open our eyes, so that we may comprehend the task to which we have been called; and may she obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ."
Papa Francesco's Catecheses in the Jubilee of Mercy
1) Why a Jubilee of Mercy?
2) Signs of the Jubilee
3) God's name is Mercy
4) God hears our cry and makes a covenant
5) Mercy and mission
6) Mercy and justice
7) The Jubilee in the Bible. Justice and sharing.
8) Mercy and commitment
9) Mercy and power
10) Mercy and correction
11) Mercy and service
12) Mercy and consolation
13) Mercy cancels sin
14) The Gospel of Mercy
15) Mercy and almsgiving
16) I desire mercy and not sacrifice
17) The tears of the sinner obtain forgiveness
18) Go and do likewise
19) Mercy and reconciliation
20) The lost little sheep
21) The Merciful Father
22) Mercy as having pity
23) Poverty and Mercy
24) Prayer as a Source of Mercy
25) Humble prayer obtains Mercy
26) The first sign of Mercy: Cana
27) Mercy is light
28) Mercy and conversion
29) Mercy purifies the heart
30) Works of Mercy
31) The Consolation for a mother
32) Mercy, instrument of communion
33) Mercy offers dignity
34) It is mercy that saves
35) Mercy and redemption
36) Learn from me
37) Merciful like the Father
38) The Forgiveness on the Cross
39) The corporal and spiritual works of Mercy
40) Give food to the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty.
41) Mercy and dialogue
42) To welcome the stranger and clothe the naked.
43) To visit the sick and the imprisoned.
44) Mercy and inclusion
45) To bear patiently with bothersome people
46) To counsel and teach
47) To pray to God for the living and the dead