The Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter

“…the lack of mercy comes from selfishness, self-centeredness and slavishness to the pleasures of the world. It comes from the sins of envy, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust. We want to satisfy our own pleasures. We seek our own security at the expense of others. We grab all we can for ourselves but will not sacrifice our time and energy for the service of others. It is about me, my wants and my needs. It is the age of individualism, materialism, and consumerism.

How, then, can we become channels of God’s mercy? By being aware and conscious of our sins, inadequacies, lack of fulfilment, love and forgiveness!…”

– Archbishop William Goh

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The Announcement of the Jubilee of Mercy

“Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36).”

“I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always.”

– Pope Francis

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The Pope’s Letter

“I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us. Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one. The Jubilee Indulgence is thus full, the fruit of the very event which is to be celebrated and experienced with faith, hope and charity.”

– Pope Francis

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