Jubilee of Mercy
December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016

Pilgrimages to Rome
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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

On December 8th, 2015, feast of the Immaculate Conception, in Rome Pope Francis will open The Holy Door, which will be, the sign of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy until November 20th 2016: a special year dedicated to reflection on the works of mercy “to all that is human” (Misericordiae Vultis 9) and whose motto is “Merciful as the Father“.

Peculiar sign of the Holy Year will be the pilgrimage, which will see Rome as the absolute protagonist: the Holy and Eternal City is preparing to welcome pilgrims from all around the world, who will cross the Gate of Mercy, from different roads experiencing the love of God “that comfots, that forgives and gives hope” (Misericordiae Vultis 3); but also to visit the places that have seen the culmination of the long and dense journey in faith of the Saints Peter and Paul, who made ​​Rome the city hub of Christianity, and the churches that guard the relics of Christ, translated by the first pilgrims who visited the Holy Land.

FrateSole together with the Custody of the Holy Land propose not only Christian itineraries, but also art and culture, during the Jubilee in Rome and throughout Italy.

Insights

The Jubilee is already at hand. We are certain that it will be lived intensely by pilgrims who, whether it be in their own Particular Churches or in Rome, will cross through the Holy Door.

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Various walking itineraries have been planned for pilgrims, leading to the Holy Door of Saint Peter's Basilica or to the other Holy Doors and Jubilee Churches of the city

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From the Vatican, 1 September 2015
Pope Franciscus

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A project was presented for the improvement of Via Francigena and the regional roads that connect to Rome.

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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"Misericordes sicut Pater" written by Paul Inwood and Eugenio Costa, S.J.

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Prayer of Pope Francis

pope-franciscusLord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.  

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen