The Jubilee of Mercy was formally declared through the papal bull Misericordiæ Vultus, issued on April 11, 2015, which emphasizes the importance of mercy and the need to ‘gaze’ on it; the bull also recalls the need for the Church to be more open, keeping alive the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.
The holy doors of the major basilicas of Rome were opened, and special ‘Doors of Mercy’ were opened at cathedrals and other major churches around the world. By passing through the holy doors, the faithful can earn indulgences after fulfilling the usual conditions of prayer for the pope’s intentions, confession, and detachment from sin, and communion.
In the bull, Pope Francis states about the opening of the holy door, “the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope”.
On November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, will be the closing of the holy door in St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.
We are pleased to invite you to the Interreligious Pilgrimage to the Holy Door that will take place Friday 18 november 2016 at 5pm (departure from Castel Sant’Angelo). This is an initiative of SEDOS (Service of Documentation and Studies on Global Mission).