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Holy Doors close around China

SHIJIAZHUANG (SE): “The Holy Door is closed, but the mercy of the Lord is upon us forever; the proclamation of the Lord’s mercy continues; the door of mercy in our hearts remains open forever; the work of mercy continues,” Fides reported in describing the spirit in which the Church in China ended the Jubilee of Mercy on 13 November.

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Holy Doors opened at four more Hong Kong churches

Hong Kong (SE): Around 1,600 people packed into St. Teresa’s Church, Kowloon, as Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung opened the Holy Door at 3.00pm on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, followed by a bi-lingual Mass concelebrated with the priests of the parish. 

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Highs and lows at opening of Jubilee of Mercy in China

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): China had a mixed experience over the weekend designated by Pope Francis for the opening of the Holy Door at cathedrals across the world, with the most spectacular and unusual taking place among the unofficial community in Zhending, a diocese in Hebei headed by Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, who is not recognised by the government.

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A passport to mercy

MANILA (Agencies): With inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy, the archdiocese of Manila is pushing people to put a new twist to their pilgrimages to the designated churches for the year.

The diocese plans to issue passports, which will contain a guide to and a brief history of the various churches, as well as information on parish activities that are connected with the pilgrimage year.

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Holy Door in Hong Kong is open

HONG KONG (SE): As darkness fell across the city of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon stood in the flickering light of a phalanx of torch bearers in the grounds of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to formally inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy in the diocese on December 12.

Beginning with a plea to God to have mercy on the world and its people, the bishop of the diocese prayed to the Lord who forgives faults and heals infirmities, as well as human weakness.

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The Holy Door is open

In China

The Jubilee Year of Mercy has been taken up with enthusiasm in the Church in China. 

Several bishops have addressed the subject in pastoral letters to their people and in individual communities there has been an up in the number of pilgrimages and prayer gatherings to reflect on the reality of the way mercy is practiced among their numbers.

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Knock knock—come in!

The Jubilee of Mercy is a symbolic event, which in the current climate of violence in the world has become more relevant than ever.

Officially, the year begins on December 8, when Pope Francis is scheduled to throw open the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.