A city in full swing... through the centuries, but especially so in the year 2015-2016...
THE JUBILEE (exactly 50 years since the conclusion of the Ecumenical Council of Vatican II) rendered the city of Rome even richer in religious, artistic, musical and cultural events...
8th December 2015 to 20 November 2016: click on -Go to the album- on the photo below to see details about all the events that took place each month.
8th December 2015 , an
Extraordinary Jubilee commenced: the
Jubilee of Mercy. "Dear brothers and sisters," Pope Francis said on 13th March during the penitential rite in the St. Peter's Basilica, "I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy... It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God.
The Holy Year commenced during the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council and lasted until the feast of Christ the King on 20th November 2016.
The official start of the Jubilee took place with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica. The holy doors of other churches were also opened throughout the following days. In the past, the door would be partially dismantled before the celebration, leaving a membrane that the Pope would break through with a hammer, the complete demolition then been completed by workers. On the occasion of the Jubilee of 2000, however, Pope John Paul II introduced a simpler and more immediate ritual: the wall was removed in advance, leaving only the closed door, which the pope opened with a simple push. The Holy Doors remained open (apart from the regular closure at night) until the end of the Holy Year, before being walled up again
Overseeing the extraordinary Jubilee has been entrusted to the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, headed by Archbishop Monsignor Salvatore (Rino) Fisichella.
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