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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 23:03

Again I say, Rejoice!

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People from across the wide expanse of the Diocese of Mendi gathered together at the Cathedral of Mother of the Divine Shepherd for a multi-layered celebration of joy upon joy.


The diocese anticipated the launching of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which was announced by Pope Francis and which officially begins on 8 December with the opening of the Holy Door at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.  As part of the local celebration, the Jubilee Gate was blessed and people lined up to enter the catedral through it to begin the Holy Mass.

The celebration was made even more joyful and meaningful by the launching of the Golden Jubilee Year of the Diocese of Mendi.  Many dioceses were established by Rome on 15 November 1966 and the Diocese of Mendi was among them.  The theme of the Jubilee of the diocese is from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, chapter 52: "How lovely upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings Good News!"  "Pilgrimage" Bibles were given to representatives of each of the three deaneries of the diocese.  They will carry these Bibles to all of the parishes and many of the more than 300 outstations of the diocese to conduct evangelization and faith formation.

Many other activities are planned that will help the faithful observe and comemmorate the two Jubilees.

Finally, during the Holy Mass, the updated Pastoral Plan of the diocese was formally presented and launched.  The Pastoral Plan will guide the pastoral planning and ministry of the diocese for the next 5 years.


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