Involve Muslims in Jubilee of Mercy, says cardinal

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons Alistair Nicol)

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons Alistair Nicol)

The Catholic Church’s upcoming Jubilee will proceed as planned and will welcome Muslims in the yearlong celebration of God’s endless mercy, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin in an interview with La Croix, following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November.

For Muslims, the most beautiful name for God is mercy, and Muslims may be involved in celebrating the Holy Year, just as the pope had hoped, said the cardinal.

The Holy Year of Mercy, which will begin 8 December and end 20 November, is more necessary than ever, said the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

“In a world lacerated by violence, it is the right time to launch an offensive of mercy,” he said.

The pope wants the Jubilee to be an occasion of encounter and understanding among people, and an opportunity to overcome hatred, he said.

Cardinal Parolin called for the mobilization of all security forces worldwide in “uprooting terrorism,” as well as the mobilization of all “spiritual resources” in giving “a positive response to evil.”

During the Holy Year of Mercy, The Lay Centre will offer a special series, “Mercy beyond Boundaries,” that will provide opportunities for encounter, dialogue and understanding among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The Lay Centre will welcome scholars from each of these traditions, who will speak about the theme of mercy in their respective religions. In this way, the series will help participants build bridges and deepen their understanding and experience of God’s mercy.

The series includes six sessions that begin on 11 February. Click here for more information on the speakers, the dates and times.

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