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Merciful Like the Father
Jubilee Year of Mercy
December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016
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ATTENTION!

The Holy Year of Mercy has come to an end. Click here for more information.
With the close of the Holy Year, Pope Francis has issued a new Apostolic Letter: Misericordia et Misera.

Welcome!

The Charlotte Diocese would like to welcome all the faithful as we begin our great pilgrimage for the Jubilee of Mercy.  On this website you will find resources to assist you in your spiritual growth for building a culture of mercy.  Let’s make this pilgrimage of Mercy as a Diocesan Family preparing ourselves for the Annual Diocesan Eucharistic Congress and the particular graces of the Jubilee of Mercy.

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What is Mercy?

"Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy...Jesus, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God" (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 1).  "Founded on compassion, mercy differs from compassion or the feeling of sympathy in putting this feeling into practice with a readiness to assist. It is therefore the ready willingness to help anyone in need, especially in need of pardon or reconciliation" (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).

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What is a Jubilee?

In the book of Leviticus, we read of the biblical concept of jubilee being a holy year in which the people of God rededicate themselves to a celebration of God's mercy and goodness  (Leviticus 25:10-12).  During a jubilee year, the Church encourages the faithful to rediscover the gift of conversion, forgiveness and redemption by celebrating the Sacraments, making restitution, growing spiritually, and going on pilgrimage to designated Holy Sites.