Dates and places: Jubilee Year of Mercy

Calling on Catholics around the world to focus on forgiveness, Pope Francis announced that the Holy Year of Mercy would begin on 8 December 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The motto of the extraordinary jubilee, Merciful Like the Father, “serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure.”*

The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City will mark the official start of the jubilee year, during which time the faithful are asked to celebrate and live with mercy and forgiveness. The Holy Year of Mercy will conclude on 20 November 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

At the request of Pope Francis, the jubilee will extend beyond Rome to cathedrals, basilicas, and churches around the world. The Rite of the Opening of the Door of Mercy in local churches takes place on 13 December, the Third Sunday of Advent, at the same time as the opening of the Holy Door in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.

Throughout the year, groups and individuals will make pilgrimages to jubilee churches, which culminating with entering the Holy Door or Door of Mercy. See Doors of Mercy around the world.

Notable events during the Jubilee of Mercy:

1 Jan: Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, Rome, IT (World Day for Peace)
3 Apr: Divine Mercy Sunday
24 Apr: Celebration for young people (13-16 years old)
26-31 July: World Youth Day and Jubilee of Youth, Krakow, PL
13 Nov: Closing of the Holy Doors in Rome and around the world
20 Nov: Closing of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica

Public events are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.

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*Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Vatican press briefing, 5 May 2015

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