Benedict XVI to attend opening of Holy Door at St Peter’s

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is to attend the opening of the Holy Door by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Basilica on December 8.

The retired pontiff accepted the invitation of Francis to attend the opening.

Benedict will not take part in the whole official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy.

But he will be present in the basilica atrium for the rite of opening, following the Eucharistic celebration.

The opening of the Holy Door is intended to symbolically illustrate the idea that the Church’s faithful are offered an “extraordinary path” toward salvation during the time of jubilee.

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