Misericordia et misera


Diocese of Belleville

Office of the Bishop


Dear Fellow Followers of the Star of Bethlehem:

As we move deeper into the purple darkness of our Advent preparation for the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation, I am sending you the text of Misericordia et misera, the Apostolic letter of His Holiness, Pope Francis marking the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. There is much food for thought in the Pontiff’s brief letter. Hopefully, in spite of your busy schedule, you will find time to use it for your personal meditation.


Please share all or parts of this reflection from the Bishop of Rome with the People of God. You may print it for distribution, place it on your parish website, select key paragraphs to be used in your parish bulletin, and refer to it in your Advent homilies.


Prayerfully yours in Christ,


The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton

Bishop of Belleville


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