Jubilee Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Church beginning December 8, 2015. While celebrating a jubilee every 25 years is a longstanding tradition within the Church, the Holy Father can also proclaim an Extraordinary Holy Year for special occasions. With this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wishes “a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.” (MV)
Pope Francis will mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year by opening the first of four Holy Doors located in the basilicas in Rome. The Holy Door, a pastoral sign representing Jesus the Good Shepherd (John 10:9), is opened during Jubilee Years to allow pilgrims to pass through the door, making the most of the indulgence granted by the Holy Father. More information about indulgences can be found at www.ima.va
Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, Italy, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. He has chosen the feast day of the Mother of Mercy whose “entire life was patterned after the presence of mercy made flesh.”
The Holy Father has asked that a Door of Mercy be provided for the duration of the Holy Year in every local church. Bishop Edward Weisenburger will open a Holy Door at Sacred Heart Cathedral at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception-Tuesday, December 8, 2015, which will remain open for the Jubilee Year. The cathedral will be available for pilgrimage. Large groups are encouraged to register with the cathedral office to ensure the church’s availability. Pope Francis encourages each person to make a pilgrimage according to his or her ability.
“I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.” - Pope Francis