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Holy Door for the Holy Year of Mercy

The Holy Year of Mercy began on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, and concludes on the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, November 20, 2016.

"Our Centennial Year incorporated a special Jubilee Indulgence. Certain pilgrimage churches were designated throughout the archdiocese as part of a special spiritual program. In the Holy Year of Mercy we have an even greater grace given to us, a Plenary Indulgence that is granted only by the Holy Father. It is the Holy Father's desire that all members of the Church avail themselves of this Plenary Indulgence. The conditions required for the Indulgence and the great variety of possibilities are explained fully in my Pastoral Letter. Holy Doors are sacramental symbols of entering and welcoming the grace of the Holy Year of Mercy. Besides St. Mary's Cathedral, certain other churches will be dedicated throughout the archdiocese as pilgrimage sites with Holy Doors. The shrines located in the three archdioceses in Winnipeg will also be designated pilgrimage sites."
- Archbishop Richard Gagnon

Click here to read Archbishop Gagnon's Pastoral Letter on the Holy Year of Mercy

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