The Year of Mercy 2016 & Pope Francis’ Word Cloud

Yesterday, I was excited and encouraged to hear that Pope Francis has declared a Year of Jubilee to reflect upon and celebrate mercy. This type of annual designation, which typically happens only every 25 to 50 years, will begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this December and end on the Feast of Christ the King in 2016.

National Catholic Reporter yesterday quoted Pope Francis’ announcement of this celebration during a penance service:

“I am convinced that the whole church — that has much need to receive mercy because we are sinners — will find in this jubilee the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time,” Francis said in announcing the year.

“Let us not forget that God pardons and God pardons always,” the pope continued. “Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.”

“We entrust it as of now to the Mother of Mercy, because she looks to us with her gaze and watches over our way,” Francis said. “Our penitential way, our way of open hearts, during a year to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.”

The pope also said he wants the church to live the upcoming holy year “in the light” of Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Luke: “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful.”
The “word cloud” above is based upon an analysis of what Pope Francis spoke about in his just completed second year of his papacy.  I wonder – if someone made a word cloud of what I speak about in my Religion Class, how similar would it look to Pope Francis’?

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