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The Jubilee of Mercy – Rome 2015

"Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy. It is a journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. So I decided to hold a special Jubilee that is focused upon the mercy of God."

With these words, Pope Francis announces the holding of a "Holy Year of Mercy". It is the year of the remission of sins and punishment for sins, of solidarity, of hope and of sacramental penance. The beginning date of the Holy Year chosen by Pope Francis is December 8, 2015, very significant: the Holy Door at St. Peter's, usually walled, will open the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council (December 8, 1965 ).

More arrival for the Jubilee

Censis estimates the arrival of 33 million pilgrims and tourists for the Jubilee, over 70% will be visitors from abroad

Rome is getting ready for the Jubilee

Via dei Fori Imperiali will be completely pedestrianized and walking routes will be prepared towards the Vatican for tourists and pilgrims.

Extraordinary renovation in Rome

The City of Rome has allocated one million euro to promote the reorganization of the facades of the buildings and the decorum of the city.

Jubilee opening: holy year begins

The Jubilee will be inaugurated on December 8th, with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica. It will end on November 20th 2016.

Event Calendar

Dicember 2015 - April 2016

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
and in the Cathedrals of the world.

Friday, January 1, 2016
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

Tuesday, January 19 - Thursday, January 21, 2016
Jubilee for those Engaged in Pilgrimage Work.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Jubilee for Consecrated Life and the closing of the Year
for Consecrated Life.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Sending forth of the Missionaries of Mercy, St. Peter’s Basilica.

Monday, February 22, 2016
Jubilee for the Roman Curia Jubilee sign of the Holy Father:
witness of the works of mercy.

Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2016
“24 Hours for the Lord“ with a liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica

Sunday, March 20, 2016
The diocesan day for youth in Rome.

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Jubilee for those who are devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Jubilee for young boys and girls (ages 13 – 16)

May 2016 - November 2016

Sunday, May 27-29, 2016
Jubilee for deacons.

Friday, June 3, 2016
Jubilee for priests.

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Jubilee for those who are ill and for persons with disabilities.

Tuesday, July 26 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
Jubilee for young people.
World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

Sunday, September 4, 2016
Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jubilee for catechists.

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, 2016
Marian Jubilee

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Holy Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in memory of the faithful departed.

Sunday, November 6, 2016
In St. Peters Basilica, the Jubilee for prisoners.

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Closing of the Holy Doors in the Basilicas of Rome and in the Dioceses of the world..

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

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