4 November 2016

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese 

This Sunday 6 November, the Catholic Church in Australia will celebrate a Jubilee for Prisoners as part of the Year of Mercy. On behalf of the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council, Bishop Terry Brady delivers this special message for prisoners.

Bishop Terry Brady will celebrate a special Mass at 6.00pm in St Mary's Cathedral. All are welcome to attend, especially those who are affected or work in the prison chaplaincy to join in praying together for healing and mercy.

"In calling for this special Jubilee, the Pope has set aside a special day of recognition for those in prison, their families and their loved ones" says Bishop Brady. This Jubilee occurs within another special period in the Church - the Holy Year of Mercy - a time of grace, prayer, forgiveness and compassion.

On the same day in the Vatican, over 1,000 prisoners specially assembled from 12 countries will join with Pope Francis in marking the Jubilee and participate in the celebrations. This will include testimonies given by prisoners and prison chaplains and workers as well as participation in the various roles in the liturgy during Mass.

Pope Francis emphasises that Jesus Christ is close to those in prison, and that no matter what the sin, God's love is still unconditional.

"No cell is so isolated that it can keep the Lord out," said Pope Francis.

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