The Jubilee Year of Mercy
Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a special Jubilee Year: The Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Father said the new Jubilee will begin on the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th 2015, with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and end on the Feast of Christ the King on November 20, 2016.
In his declaration, Pope Francis invoked his central message of compassion and pardon, saying:
“I am convinced that the whole church ... will find in this Jubilee the joy to
rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give
consolation to every man and woman of our time”
—Pope Francis, St. Peter's Basilica