Pilgrimage to Italy

May 30 – June 10

What is the Jubilee Year of Mercy the Pope keeps talking about?

Why will millions of pilgrims be descending on Rome to walk through a door? Why is it so important? What can Catholics can expect from the Holy Year?

What is a jubilee?

In the Catholic Church, a jubilee — or a holy year — is a religious event that involves the forgiveness of sins, as well as reconciliation. But the idea of a jubilee dates back to the Bible: “And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live on it,” Leviticus 25:10. For the ancient Israelites, the jubilee was a time properties were returned to their original owners or legal heirs, slaves were set free and creditors were barred from collecting debts.

Pope Boniface VIII in 1300 declared the first Christian jubilee, beginning with the opening of the Holy Door, an entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, usually blocked, through which pilgrims can enter. Other holy doors are also opened for this jubilee in Rome and around the world for the first time; the year ends when they are closed.

What is the Jubilee of Mercy all about?

The Catholic practice has been to mark the jubilee every 25 years, and many expected the next jubilee to commence in 2025. But a pope can proclaim an “extraordinary” jubilee when he deems necessary. The Jubilee of Mercy began Dec 8, 2015 and will end on Nov. 20, 2016. During a jubilee, Catholics can obtain special indulgences, or remission for their sins, if they fulfill certain conditions and do good works or make pilgrimages.

In outlining his views on the jubilee, Pope Francis wrote: “The time has come for the church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more. It is time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters.” This is a time for Catholics to reflect on the theme of mvenice-italyercy and serve as a unifying moment for the church globally.

The Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica has been opened by the Holy Father with a series of events including some dedicated to young people, the sick and disabled, prisoners and those involved in works of charity. Other smaller events are planned before the Holy Door is shut on Nov. 20, 2016.

What better way to celebrate this “Jubilee Year of Mercy” than to listen to our Holy Father speak in person during his weekly Papal Audience and walk through the Holy Doors at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome? You are invited to join the Rev. Michael DePalma, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish on an 11 Day “JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY” Pilgrimage through Italy, May 30 – June 10, 2016. We will pray together and enjoy some great historic places in Italy as we connect to the shrines, cathedrals and basilicas at the core of the Faith. Our pilgrimage journey will take us to Rome, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Venice.

Download the brochure for more information. Click the Signup button above for the registration form. You can always call Barbara at (505) 670-1265.

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