Roman Catholic Jubilee of Mercy in 2016

Jubilee year has ancient roots in the Jewish tradition. As a matter of fact, it was called every fifty years and it was a time of forgiveness. It was used as a reminder of God's mercy. Pope Francis declared the year, a Jubilee Year with the motto “Compassionate like the Father.” Jubilee started from December 8, 2015 (The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Vergin Mary) and will end on November 20, 2016(The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). He called it an Extraordinary Jubilee in which we would focus on mercy. It is set apart from the other jubilees as it falls outside the normal cycle.

There are many events planned throughout the Jubilee of Mercy.  The calendar of events was created by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. It lists the events that will take place at the Vatican.  The Jubilee year beings with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, with the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. John Lateran opening the following Sunday.  On this day, the Doors of Mercy (Holy Doors) will also be opened around the world at local cathedrals and significant shrines. The doors are used as symbols of God's mercy and are open to everyone so that they can experience the compassion of God's love who consoles, pardons and instils hope. 

Throughout the year, there will also be Jubilee celebrations for various groups who participate in the work of mercy and who have been shown God's mercy.  Also, Pope Francis will participate, in particular, "Jubilee" signs, which witness to the works of mercy.  Although there are many events planned for official celebrations at the Vatican, the Holy Father encourages dioceses throughout the world to participate in these celebrations recognizing God's mercy in their own local communities. 

Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism has published an online travel guide for the Roman Catholic Holy Year with 20 routes guiding pilgrims through the Eternal City’s 2000-year church and cultural history. The first route is dedicated to Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome. 

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By Khadijah Brown about Rome

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