Jubilee 2015 – Holy Year – Pope Francis announced extraordinary Jubilee Year to 2015-2016
Pope Francis I° (Papa Francesco) announced the special Jubilee Year to start in December 8th.
This is an extraordinary event considering that it is only the 26th Jubilee of Christian history.
The Jubilee 2015/2016 will start on December 8, when it will open the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome formalizing the beginning of the Holy Year.
Holy Year Pope Francis announced and that all Christianity is preparing to celebrate the Jubilee 2015 .
Surprisingly, Pope Francis has announced the extraordinary Holy Year, Jubilee 2015, during an evening Mass on Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican.
The extraordinary Jubilee 2015 and the opening Holy Door 2015/2016 is the ‘Jubilee of Mercy’. It will commence on December 8th 2015 with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2015 and it will end on November 20th, 2016 on the day of Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. At the start of the new year, the Holy Father had stated: ‘This is the time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth!’
After the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on the following days, will be opened the Holy Doors of the seven other Jubilee 2015 basilicas of Rome:
Closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.
In August 1294, Pope Celestine V° issued a papal edict guaranteeing a plenary and universal indulgence. This is in the story, the first Jubilee in occasion of which was opened the Holy Door of the Basilica of Collemaggio (Aquila). In occasion of this Jubilee, the so-called Edict of Forgiveness, was possible to obtain forgiveness entering the basilica through the Holy Door, being repented and confessed.
Pope Boniface VIII, introduced the Holy Year in 1300, and this can be considered the first official Jubilee in history.
In the Hebrew tradition, the Jubilee Year is celebrated every 50 years, was meant to restore equality among all of the Israelites, the families which had lost their property, their freedom and a reminder for the rich who once were slaves.The ‘Justice, according to the Law of Israel, consisted above all in the protection of the weak’ (St. John Paul II, Tertio millenio adveniente 13).
The Catholic tradition of the Holy Year began with Pope Boniface VIII in 1300. Originally Boniface VIII° had planned a Jubilee every century, but from 1475 onwards, to allow each generation to experience at least one Holy Year – the Jubilee was to be celebrated every 25 years.
An Extraordinary Jubilee may be announced for special occasions or a particular event.
Until now 26 Jubilees ordinary have been celebrated and 3 Jubilees (Holy Year) extraordinary Holy Years, which were celebrated during the previous century.
All is concentrated to an indulgence, a general pardon for all, and the chance to renew one’s relationship with God and neighbour, a renewed commitment to Christian witness.
Pope Francis, with this Jubilee, the Jubilee of Mercy, He wants to highlight the merciful God who invites everyone to return to Him.
Jubilee 2015 of the four patriarchal basilicas
Jubilee 2015 Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican Jubilee 2015
Jubilee 2015 Basilica of Saint John in the Lateran Jubilee 2015
Jubilee 2015 Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Jubilee 2015
Jubilee 2015 Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls Jubilee 2015
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