December 8, 2015, the Feast of The Immaculate Conception, sees the start of the Holy Year of Mercy, which Pope Francis announced earlier this year, describing it as an Extraordinary Jubilee, which has as its centre the mercy of God.
The Holy Year of Mercy will close on 20 November, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. Announcing the closing date the Pope added a new title of Christ to be celebrated that day. He called Jesus “the living face of the mercy of the Father”.
The Jubilee year will formally begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Other doors of Cathedrals around the world will then be opened as a sign of God opening a new pathway to salvation. The Holy Door of St Marie’s Cathedral, Sheffield will be opened on 12 December.
The logo for the year was created by Father Marko Rupnik. The image shows one of Jesus’ eyes merged with the person’s eye to show how “Christ sees with the eyes of Adam and Adam with the eyes of Christ”.