Holy Year of Mercy Jubilee
Already regarded by many as the “Pope of Mercy,” our Holy Father has declared an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, saying he wants to make it evident that the Church’s mission is as a witness of compassion. On March, 13, 2015, he announced:
Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy.
Pope Francis also said he wants the church to live the upcoming holy year “in the light” of Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Luke: “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36)”
The Jubilee tradition dates back to the year 1300. Since then there have only been 28 jubilee year celebrations. The new jubilee begins on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, and will close November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.
Plan Your Jubilee Pilgrimage!
If ever there was a time to make a pilgrimage to the Eternal City, it is now, during the Holy Year of Mercy Jubilee. Start planning your group’s tour by perusing our 8-Day Year of Mercy Jubilee Pilgrimage itinerary.
Opening of the Holy Doors
During a Jubilee Year, in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, a special entrance door is opened, a ritual that has been part of our faith for centuries. Pilgrims entering through these four doors gain the plenary indulgence connected with the Jubilee.
The Holy Year of Mercy Jubilee formally opens December 8, 2015, with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The other holy doors of basilicas in Rome and around the world will then be opened as a sign of God’s opening a new pathway to salvation.
We have designed a special 8-Day Year of Mercy Jubilee Pilgrimage, which includes visits to the four major basilicas, as well as Assisi. Journey through the hometowns of Saints Francis and Clare. Walk through the Holy Doors of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Delight in the opportunity of a General Papal Audience with Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square. All of this, and more, await you on your Holy Year of Mercy Jubilee Pilgrimage.
Or choose from among these Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimages:
We are, of course, always willing to customize your group’s itinerary, depending on your desired length of stay and destinations.
Contact us today to begin planning your extraordinary pilgrimage to celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy Jubilee!
To elevate your Italy inspiration, view our video postcard of a customized Pilgrimage to Italy: In the Footsteps of the Saints, with Bishop Patrick McGrath and Fr. Chris Bennett from San Jose, Calif.