- The extraordinary ministry of the Missionaries of Mercy will continue until further notice as a concrete sign that the grace of the Jubilee remains alive and effective the world over; the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization will supervise them and find the most suitable forms for the exercise of this valuable ministry.
- All priests are granted the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. Granted originally only for the Extraordinary Holy Year, now extended.
‘I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation’.
- The faithful who attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive the sacramental absolution of their sins; this is an extension of the grant made in the Jubilee year and, until further provisions are made, lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the Church’s pardon.
- As a tangible sign of this Jubilee Year of mercy, the entire Church will celebrate, on the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, the World Day of the Poor. A day to help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Lk 16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace.
This Day will also represent a genuine form of new evangelization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy.
- Francis strongly recommends every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, to renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused – a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people, and would certainly include the practice of lectio divina, so that the prayerful reading of the sacred text will help support and strengthen the spiritual life.
- Francis recommends that 24 Hours for the Lord, a celebration held in proximity to the Fourth Sunday of Lent, should be used by more and more diocese as a way of encouraging a more fervent experience of the sacrament of Confession. The Sacrament of Reconciliation must regain its central place in the Christian life and this requires priests capable of putting their lives at the service of the “ministry of reconciliation”.