The Door of Mercy of the Cathedral of Faisalabad Diocese in Pakistan was opened on Sunday by Joseph Arshad, who expressed the yearning for peace and hope of the people of the nation. “Our land is wounded with terrorism and the atmosphere is polluted with intolerance"; the special Jubilee of mercy "is a great sign of love and hope for the whole world”, he said opening the Door of Mercy of Saints Peter and Paul cathedral in the city.
After lighting the Jubilee candle, the bishop led hundreds of faithful through the main door of the church while Dominican nuns recited the litany of the saints. "I thank Pope Francis - said the prelate - for having convoked the year of Mercy in our world plagued by war. Jesus Christ is the face of the loving mercy of the Father, and looking to Him we can give a new look to our world". He said, “It is crucial to promote harmony, tolerance brotherhood and forgiveness in this milieu by educating the sentiment of mercy.”
The Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis officially inaugurated on Dec. 8, opening the Door of Mercy of Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica, will conclude on 20 November 2016. Bishop Arshad has already declared 2016 as the year of education in his diocese to complement the yearlong event, choosing "Peace and Hope" as the its theme. (Source: AsiaNews)