· The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization adds events to the schedule ·
A prayer vigil to “dry the tears” of those who are suffering and in need of consoling. A visit to a hostel and moment for penance.
These are a few examples of the events which the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization has added to their calendar of events for the extraordinary Holy Year on the website www.im.va. These meetings, in which Pope Francis will participate, will involve families, pilgrimage organizers, parish priests and rectors of shrines, members of the Roman Curia, of the Governorate of Vatican City State and other Holy See institutions, teenagers, deacons, catechists and inmates. In addition to the detailed agenda of these special days, the dicastery has announced that in order to promote pilgrimages there will be a series of jubilee audiences with the Pope which will be held on 12 Saturdays from January to November 2016.
These new additions to the calendar of the Jubilee of Mercy were conceived of as moments of awareness and welcome, demonstrating that no one is excluded from divine mercy. The Jubilee — which opens on 8 December 2015, the Feast of Christ the King — intends to show the world the abundance of divine mercy. From the opening of the Holy Door to its closing, the Pontiff will perform several signs of the jubilee bearing witness to corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Many of the larger events will be held over several days in order to offer the possibility reflection and further involvement in the path to conversion that the Gospel calls for. The Pope will participate in moments of prayer, liturgical celebrations and Eucharistic adoration.
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