2025 Jubilee Year for Pilgrimages

In a video published by Vatican News on January 13, Pope Francis approved “Pilgrims of Hope” as the motto for the Holy Year 2025.

Archbishop Rino Fischella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, explained that the motto aims to give the meaning of the entire Jubilee journey. The words “pilgrims” and “hope” also represent key themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate. He is waiting for further instructions from the pope.

The Jubilee Year will be a holy year of pilgrimage, prayer, repentance, and acts of mercy. In the Old Testament tradition, Jubilee year is a time of rest, forgiveness, and renewal. The Holy Year will be a time when Catholics visit designated churches and shrines, recite special prayers, go to confession and receive Communion to receive a plenary indulgence, which is a remission of the temporal punishment due for one’s sins.

One of the concerns, however, of the celebration might be the expected large number of pilgrims and faithful in Rome during the Holy Year, and with the consideration of the pandemic, the pilgrimage in Rome will definitely be not like as it was before.

An important rite of the 2025 Jubilee year is the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica and other papal basilicas such as St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major. Pilgrims who pass through the door can receive a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)


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