Rome Prepares for 2025 Jubilee

On January 13th, the Vatican announced the theme for the 2025 Year of Jubilee – Pilgrims of Hope.

The celebration will mark a special year of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church and will include the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pilgrims who pass through the door – which is only opened during Jubilee years, ordinarily every 25 years or when a pope calls for an extraordinary Jubilee – can receive a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.

“To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. It is he who seeks us! It is he who comes to encounter us,” Pope Francis said as he opened the jubilee Holy Door on St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 8, 2015.

“In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love, of tenderness. Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things,” he said.

The tradition of jubilees dates the to the Levitical when once every 50 years for the freeing of slaves and forgiveness of debts as manifestations of God’s mercy.

The Catholic practice of jubilee’s date to the pontificate of Boniface VIII who in 1300 re-established the practice. During jubilee years, pilgrims who journey to Rome are granted plenary indulgences. The tradition has continued roughly in 25 year intervals (from 1300 to 2000 there have been 29 jubilee years held in Rome).

The 2025 Jubilee will be the Catholic Church’s first ordinary jubilee since St. John Paul II led The Great Jubilee of 2000. In 2015, Pope Francis declared an extraordinary jubilee with the theme, The Jubilee of Mercy.

During the jubilee celebration all four major basilicas in Rome will open their Holy Doors welcoming pilgrims to the Holy City.

Source: National Catholic Register