(Vatican Radio) The diocese of Ferns located on the South East coast of Ireland is one of the many dioceses in the country that has been celebrating the Extraordinary Year of Mercy.
The Bishop of Ferns, Denis Brennan was in Rome recently and spoke to Lydia O’Kane about how they have been celebrating the Jubilee.
“We have opened five or six Holy Doors”, the Bishop explained, “for different reasons in different parts of the diocese. We took Pope Francis at his word when he said, you don’t have to come to Rome, you can have your own door in your own place…”
Bishop Brennan said that everywhere that there was a Holy Door large numbers turned up, adding that the message of the Year of Mercy has really filtered out.
So will the Holy Year have a legacy in Ferns? The Bishop hopes that it will. He said, “it struck a chord; the way that Pope Francis talks about it and the way he exemplifies it in his own life. I think people are struck by that and they are attracted by it so, I think it will live on, maybe not structurally, but it will live on I think in peoples’ lives and hearts.
The Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy concludes on November 20th the feast of Christ the King.