The Bishop of Ferns, Denis Brennan was in Rome recently and spoke to Lydia O’Kane of Vatican Radio about the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Ferns.
Bishop Brennan said, “We have opened five or six Holy Doors for different reasons in different parts of the diocese. We took Pope Francis at his word when he said, you don’t have to come to Rome, you can have your own door in your own place.”
Bishop Brennan said that everywhere that there was a Holy Door large numbers turned up, adding that the message of the Year of Mercy has really filtered out.
So will the Holy Year have a legacy in Ferns? Bishop Brennan hopes that it will. He said, “it struck a chord; the way that Pope Francis talks about it and the way he exemplifies it in his own life. I think people are struck by that and they are attracted by it so, I think it will live on, maybe not structurally, but it will live on I think in peoples’ lives and hearts.
Click here to listen to the interview.
The Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy concludes on Sunday 20 November, the Feast of Christ the King.