The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has opened the Door of Mercy at St Chad’s Cathedral in the city centre, through which pilgrims are invited to walk to seek pardon for wrongdoing and to rekindle faith.
Archbishop Longley said that the opening of the Door of Mercy, following the opening of a Holy Door by Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, was uniting the people of Birmingham with every Catholic diocese worldwide. “There are now Doors of Mercy throughout the world’s cathedrals – and across the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Doors of Mercy have been opened in fifteen other Jubilee Churches and seven places of pilgrimage – no one is to be denied the joy of entering through the Church into the presence of the mercy of God.”
The Archbishop invited other representatives of the diocesan family to assist him in opening the Door of Mercy at St Chad’s – a gesture designed as recognition of those who are faithful to their vocations within the Church and the world. Archbishop Longley said: “I am grateful to Sr Thérèse O’Brien of the Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle; Religious Sisters, in many different ways and inspired by different charisms, have been leading people who are searching for forgiveness and peace from the margins of society and often at the very edge of endurance into the merciful presence of the Father. I also thank Mrs Sherine De Valliere and her daughter Johanna: they remind us that it is through our parents and grandparents that we first experience what mercy is and they teach us through their commitment to one another in marriage the true meaning of loving forgiveness.”