Pope Francis is certainly giving Catholics much to celebrate by declaring an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, while the Year of Consecrated Life is still underway.
The Year of Mercy, which runs from Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016, will highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy." The Year of Consecrated Life doesn't conclude until Feb. 2, 2016.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, which is organizing events for the Year of Mercy, published a calendar online at www.im.va.
According to the Catholic Herald, here are some major events planned in Rome for the Year of Mercy:
Dec. 8 - Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Jan. 19-21 - Jubilee for those involved with guiding or organizing pilgrimages and religious tourism.
Feb. 2 - Jubilee for Consecrated Life and the closing of the Year for Consecrated Life.
Feb. 10 (Ash Wednesday) - Sending forth the Missionaries of Mercy, St. Peter’s Basilica.
April 3 (Divine Mercy Sunday) - Jubilee for those who are devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy.
May 27-29 - Jubilee for deacons.
June 3 - Jubilee for priests.
July 26-31 - Jubilee for youth, World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
Sept. 4 - Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy.
Sept. 25 - Jubilee for catechists.
Nov. 20 - Closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Year of Mercy.