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Year Of Mercy End Celebrated

Catholics from all parishes in the Western Division on Sunday converged at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lautoka to signify the end of the Year of Mercy. Pope
09 Nov 2016 10:47
Year Of Mercy End Celebrated
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Catholics from all parishes in the Western Division on Sunday converged at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lautoka to signify the end of the Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, seeing the great need for mercy and healing in the world, called for the Year of Mercy—a special period, also known as a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, for the Catholic Church.

It is a time for the Church across the world to take approximately a year to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way.

Pope Francis had asked all, as individuals and as a Church, ‘to be a witness of mercy’ by reflecting on and practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy (Pope Francis’ Announcement of the Year of Mercy).

Beginning December 8, 2015, the Holy Year of Mercy focused on studying and reflecting on mercy, receiving mercy, and being merciful towards others.

The end of the Year of Mercy at Lautoka began with a march from Shirley Park to the Catholic Church, with the Holy Eucharist leading the way.

Hundreds of parishioners then gathered at the St Thomas Primary School grounds where an open air mass was con-celebrated by all priests in the division, led by the head of the Catholic Church in Lautoka, Father Veremo Doverua.

Members of Lautoka parish catered for the different visiting parishes with each community being given the task to provide meals.

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