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Archdiocese to close Jubilee Year of Mercy Saturday at Cathedral-Basilica

Divine Mercy Adoration at 3 p.m followed by Mass 4 p.m.

The Archdiocese of Agana will officially close the Jubilee Year of Mercy Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna.

Adoration honoring the Divine Mercy will begin at 3 p.m. followed by the Holy Mass at 4 p.m.

Priests, religious and representatives from the different Catholic parishes and schools of Guam will join Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, SDB and Father Jeff San Nicolas, Delegate General of Coadjutor Archbishop at the celebration.

A procession of representatives bearing banners from schools and parishes will lead into the celebration of Mass.

About the Holy Year of Mercy

Derived from a March 13, 2015 Catholic News Service article, edited.

VATICAN CITY – In 2015, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.”

“No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the pope said March 13, 2015 as he marked the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica.

“I frequently have thought about how the church can make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy,” the pope said during his homily. That is why he decided to call a special Holy Year, which the Church is currently celebrating from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.

The biblical theme of the year is “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,” an admonition that applies “especially to confessors,” the pope said.

Traditionally, every 25 years the popes proclaim a holy year, which features special celebrations and pilgrimages, strong calls for conversion and repentance, and the offer of special opportunities to experience God’s grace through the sacraments, especially confession. Extraordinary holy years, like the Holy Year of Mercy, are less frequent, but offer the same opportunities for spiritual growth.

The doors of the church “are wide open so that all those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness,” the pope said.

For more on the “Year of Mercy” visit www.catholicnews.com and search for Year of Mercy or visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website at http://www.usccb.org