Posts Tagged ‘Holy Year’

Chaos readying Rome for Jubilee 2025 celebrations

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Preparations for next year’s Jubilee in Rome are frantically gearing for a humungous rush to finish in time. The once-every-quarter-century event is likely to bring about 32 million pilgrims to Rome Last Thursday at St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis presided over a ceremony where the papal bull, or official edict, for the Jubilee was read. Read more

Mercy for all: Mobile Holy Door in the Diocese of Gizo

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

When he announced the Jubilee of Mercy Pope Francis said that a Door of Mercy should be opened in every diocese. In the Diocese of Gizo in the Solomon Islands the isolation and remoteness of parishes from the diocesan centre makes it virtually impossible for the people living in the villages to come to the Read more

Dramatic increase in Confessions in England in Holy Year

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

The rate of people attending Confession in England and Wales has increased “dramatically” during the Year of Mercy, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said. Speaking during a press conference last week, the cardinal said: “Diocese by diocese, parish by parish”, the rate of people going to Confession had “increased dramatically during the past six months”. Continue Read more

Holy Door opened at Sacred Heart Cathedral Suva

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The Archbishop  of Suva Peter Loy Chong has opened the Holy Door at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva. He told Catholics who were part of a march from the Marist Brothers’ High School ground to the Sacred Heart Cathedral that opening the door of mercy means renewing their commitment in their faith and to start Read more

All priests can absolve sin of abortion in Holy Year

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Pope Francis has announced that all priests will have the discretion to absolve the sin of abortion confessed by women during the upcoming Year of Mercy. This power is normally reserved to bishops, who frequently themselves grant priests permission to forgive the sin. Procurement of an abortion incurs an automatic excommunication under Church law. The Read more

Vatican won’t confirm Mother Teresa canonisation date set

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Vatican is refusing to confirm that Mother Teresa of Kolkata will be canonised as a saint in September next year. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi responded to reports in Italian media that she would be canonised before the end of the Holy Year of Mercy. “It is a working hypothesis, therefore no official confirmation can be Read more

Pope formally asks Church to be place of mercy and pardon

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

In a formal act, Pope Francis has called on the Church to refashion itself as a place, not of judgment or condemnation, but of pardon and merciful love. The Pope did this in an official Bull of Indiction convoking the extraordinary jubilee Year of Mercy, which will run from December 8, 2015, to November 20, Read more

A special Holy Year

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The Extraordinary Jubilee promulgated by Francis will be the 65th in history. The first was announced by Sixtus V in 1585. The “special” Holy Year does not alter the recurrence of Ordinary Jubilees. The last Pope to open the (cemented shut) Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica for an universal Extraordinary Jubilee was the future Read more