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Pope Francis inaugurated the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy on Dec. 8, urging the faithful to come to know the face of God's mercy — Jesus Christ — and to show that face of mercy to our friends, neighbors, and enemies alike.
"This extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace," Pope Francis said in his homily for the Jubilee's opening Mass, just before opening the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica.
Only hours later, the Marian Fathers in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, opened a newly installed Holy Door of their own at the inside entrance to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. Indeed, at the request of Pope Francis, for the first time in the 700-year-old tradition of Jubilee years, dioceses around the world opened their own Holy Doors at specific pilgrimage locations. The Shrine in Stockbridge was selected by the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, the bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, to be among the diocese's official Jubilee Year destinations.
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