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Papal bull to be issued on eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, proclaiming Holy Year

March 31, 2015

Pope Francis will issue a “Bull of Indiction” on April 11 as a formal proclamation of the Jubilee of Mercy, the Vatican has announced.

During a penitential service in St. Peter’s basilica on March 13, the Pope announced a Year of Mercy, to begin this year on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and run through the feast of Christ the King, November 20, in 2016. The formal proclamation of that Jubilee will be made during the First Vespers for the feast of Divine Mercy, underlining the theme of the year.

The “Bull of Indiction” for the Jubilee Year not only sets forth the dates of the observance, but also explains the purpose of the Holy Year and the Pope’s intentions.


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