Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
September 1, 2015
Pope Francis conceded to priests during the upcoming Holy Year the disposition to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and seek forgiveness for it.
In the letter Holy Father turns his attention to women who have resorted to abortion and “bear the scar of this agonizing and painful decision” stressed that the forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented. “For this reason, – Pope writes – I have decided to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it”.
Pope Francis highlights the fact, that the Holy Year must be a true moment of encounter and closeness to the Lord for all believers; he addressed the question of Jubilee Indulgences, which represent a genuine experience of God’s mercy.
Pointing out that a Jubilee Year has often constituted an opportunity for a great amnesty, the Pope includes in his list of believers seeking pardon, prisoners who, may obtain the Jubilee Indulgences in a jails’ chapel.
Holy Father extends the possibility of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgences to the sick, the elderly, the homebound and even the deceased. “Thus, as we remember them in the Eucharistic celebration, thus we can, in the great mystery of the Communion of Saints, pray for them, that the merciful Face of the Father free them of every remnant of fault and strongly embrace them in the unending beatitude.”
Please find here full text of the Pope's letter.