(Vatican Radio) The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is well underway with initiatives taking place both in Rome, the Vatican and around the world. In a series of interviews for the Pope’s new book entitled, “The name of God is Mercy”, the Holy Father said that “the Pope is a man who needs the mercy of God”.

So if Pope Francis himself feels the need of God’s mercy, what about the rest of the world? How much do people need this grace today?

Denis Nulty is Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin in Ireland. Speaking to Vatican Radio’s Lydia O’Kane, he said that people and especially those in his own country, “need it in bucketfuls.” He added, that people in the world and in the western world in particular, “have been caught up in the commercialism of life”, and he went on to say that, “we need forgiveness for so much in life…”

Pope Francis has spoken at length about the importance of repentance, forgiveness and the need for dioceses to promote the sacrament of Confession in this Jubilee Year.

This is something Bishop Nulty is keen to do. “Basically, as a Bishop we need to lead by example”, he said. “If a Bishop goes to confession we understand the sacrament very well and we’ve got to share it with others.”