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Year of Mercy: The Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy

Last edited 8th December 2015

Year of Mercy: The Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy

"I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!" - Pope Francis

Welcome to the Year of Mercy! From 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016, the world is invited to take part in an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, during which we are invited to return to the Sacraments - in particular the Sacrament of Confession. We are also invited to live out the Year of Mercy in a special way through the seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy, which are:

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • feed the hungry
  • give drink to the thirsty
  • clothe the naked
  • shelter the homeless
  • visit the sick
  • visit the imprisoned
  • bury the dead
Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • counsel the doubtful
  • instruct the ignorant
  • admonish sinners
  • comfort the afflicted
  • forgive offenses
  • bear wrongs patiently
  • pray for the living and the dead
Will you take up the challenge? Click here to read more about how you can take part in the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy in your every day lives.



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