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2016 in Review

Image result for 2016In all things we give thanks!

As 2016 draws a curtain on another phase of our life, one can not but look back at the course of yet another fast year in the hustle and bustle of human life. It’s worth recalling a few facts, too many to recall of course. These are just some random few.

1. Trump was elected President! Obviously the most eyebrow-raising in 2016 for many

2. Having a leap year in 2016, we’ll have the next three Februaries with 28 days

3. A new saint in the Church! Mother Theresa was canonized a saint on September 4th, 2016!

4. Newest Paris global climate agreement: the US and China, together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, both ratify the Paris global climate agreement!

5. Kind of scary: but Brexit happened! Might seem like a simple referendum, but the fate of so many was in the balance.

    So ends its mortal life, 2016. Because and in spite of all these, depending from what angle we are looking at it, we give thanks for another year shriveling into oblivion and another blossoming in its awesome freshness.

Welcome 2017!

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Year of Mercy: Key dates

Year of mercy• Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, December 8, feast of the Immaculate Conception.

• Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. John Lateran and in the cathedrals of the world, December 13.

• Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, January 1, feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God and World Day for Peace.

• Jubilee for those involved with guiding or organising pilgrimages and religious tourism, January 19 – January 21.

• Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, January 25, feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

• Jubilee for Consecrated Life and the closing of the Year for Consecrated Life, February 2, feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

• Sending forth the Missionaries of Mercy, St. Peter’s Basilica, February 10, Ash Wednesday.

• Jubilee for the Roman Curia, February 22, feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

• “24 Hours for the Lord” with a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, March 4.

• Jubilee for those who are devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy, April 3, Divine Mercy Sunday.

• Jubilee for teens aged 13 to 16 to profess the faith and construct a culture of mercy, April 24.

• Jubilee for deacons, May 27-29, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

• Jubilee for priests, June 3, feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

• Jubilee for those who are ill and for persons with disabilities, June 12.

• Jubilee for youth, July 26-31, World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

• Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy, September 4, the vigil of the memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

• Jubilee for catechists, September 25.

• Marian Jubilee, October 8-9.

•Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in memory of the faithful departed, Nov. 1, feast of All Saints.

• Jubilee for prisoners, November 6.

• Closing of the Holy Doors in the basilicas of Rome and in the dioceses of the world, November 13.

• Closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, November 20, feast of Christ the King.