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Bishop Alan Hopes on redemption at the door of a prison cell

05/12/2015 7:55 am

Bishop Alan Hopes, the Bishop of East Anglia, talks to us about how the 'Year of Mercy' will be celebrated in the East of England. He reveals that he will be visiting the 11 prisons in his diocese to share God's mercy and forgiveness with the inmates.

"I'll be going, once a month, to each of those prisons to celebrate Mass with the prisoners. One of the beautiful things Pope Francis said was that the prisoners, who of course won't be able to make a pilgrimage to the diocesan Holy Door, could treat the door of their cell as the 'Door of Mercy' - that's a beautiful thought.

"They will come through their 'Door of Mercy' to come to Mass and they'll make their confession as there will be chaplains there to hear them and they will have shared in the Year of Mercy in a very particular way.

"I pray that this 'Year of Mercy' will be greatly blessed and I hope that beyond the Catholic community, we Catholics will invite those who haven't been to church for a long time or don't believe to come and explore - to see what we're doing.

"Who knows? They may encounter the Lord Jesus Christ in a new and exciting way."

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The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, presents the ideal opportunity to focus on God's mercy and forgiveness.

To mark this, many of the Bishops of England and Wales have recorded special reflections for Advent. One podcast reflection will be uploaded every day throughout the season.

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