The Jubilee

 

Piazza San Pietro

 

 

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy was declared by Pope Francis on April 11th and started on December 8th in the Vatican City and has “mercy” in all declinations as its main subject.

The Holy Year opening day coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It was anticipated by the opening of a Holy Door in Bangui in the Central African Republic on November 29th 2015 and will be closed on November 20th 2016.

The opening of the St. Peter’s Basilica Holy Door has taken place on December 8th during the Holy Mass. There are four Holy Doors in Rome opened only during the Jubilee: St. Peter, St. John Lateran, Basilica of St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside The Walls. The Holy Doors are normally sealed by mortar and cement from the inside so that they cannot be opened and they symbolize the step that every good christian has to take from sin to grace looking at Jesus saying : "I am the door".

During the Jubilee of Mercy, pilgrims registration is required and tickets are free and always available. They simply have to book the event specifying the number of participants, the day and the length of pilgrimage.

The Vatican City in collaboration with the Rome City Council planned several paths of faith for all the pilgrims involved in the Jubilee of Mercy activities. In addition there are other pilgrimage sites to visit in order to gain Jubilee indulgence as well as the major basilicas earlier mentioned: St. Lawrence Outside The Walls, St. Cross in Jerusalem, St. Sebastian Outside The Walls, the Sanctuary of Divine Love and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Saxia.