What is the Mercy Cross?
The Jubilee of Mercy Cross was crafted to accompany the faithful on pilgrimage through the Holy Doors of Rome during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is one of 33 crosses blessed by Pope Francis. The crosses have been carried by some 12 million people to St. Peter’s Basilica alone, 30 million overall during the Year of Mercy.
This cross is a gift to the United States from the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the office of the Holy See that organized the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Mercy Cross has become a symbol of the continual graces of mercy pouring out on the world even and especially after the Jubilee.
The Jubilee of Mercy has ended.
It has been said, “Now is the time for mercy.” This cross is traveling across America to remind and challenge us to allow God’s mercy into our hearts prompting conversion of life, a conversion to a new way of living, that of mercy.
“Like a gusting but wholesome wind, the Lord’s goodness and mercy have been poured out upon the entire world. Because each of us has experienced at length this loving gaze of God, we cannot remain unaffected, for it changes our lives.” (Misericordia et Misera, 4)
The faithful are encouraged to welcome the Mercy Cross to their parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and youth events. There is no corner of Catholic life where the Mercy Cross is not welcome: Mercy pervades our very way of being.
How can I get involved?
The cross can be reserved through our Connect portal or by calling 202-832-2575. The faithful can find out when the cross will be in their area by following it on Twitter at #MercyCrossUS. All are encouraged to share pictures and news of events with the Mercy Cross using this hashtag.
The Mercy Cross was a gift to the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious in January 2017. The staff and sisters of the Council manage the project.