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At the beginning of Lent, four clergy members from the Diocese of Burlington were selected by Bishop Christopher J. Coyne to be installed by His Holiness, Pope Francis, as Missionaries of Mercy at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. On Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father sent forth these and other representatives from around the world, to be agents of God's mercy in a particular way, outlined in his Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus. (p. 18)
Missionaries of Mercy are to be:
- a living sign of the Father's welcome to all those in search of His forgiveness
- facilitators for all, with no one excluded, of a truly human encounter, a source of liberation, rich with responsibility for overcoming obstacles and taking up the new life of Baptism again;
- guided by the words, "For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all";
- inspired preachers of Mercy;
- heralds of the joy of forgiveness;
- welcoming, loving, and compassionate Confessors, who are the most especially attentive to the difficult situations of each person.
The Missionaries are to be invited by Bishop Coyne, to give missions or facilitate specific initiatives organized for the Jubilee, with particular attention given to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where the Holy Father has granted these Missionaries the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See.
For more information about these Missionaries of Mercy, please contact the Chancery here.