Year of Mercy Indulgence

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As with other jubilee years, the Holy Father has instructed that special indulgences be available for the faithful through the duration of the year. Here’s how to get one. For able-bodied Catholics: Take a pilgrimage. Make a journey to your local Holy Door (a physical portal in your local cathedral, shrine or other designated Church) or to one of the […]

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The biblical origins of our Jubilee Year

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by FR. CRAIG MORRISON, O.CARM. The Book of Leviticus, the third book of the Old Testament, announced to the ancient Israelites the specifics of their Jubilee Year observance: “You shall consecrate the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you.” (Leviticus 25:10) So during the Jubilee Year, our Israelite […]

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Holy Door

On December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Most Reverend Gerard Bergie knocked on the Holy Year Door to open it for the first time in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states, “I am the gate. Whoever enter by me will be saved and will come in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9) This image of Jesus being the gate is foundational to the Church’s understanding of the Holy Year Door. The tradition of the Holy Door dates back to 1499 when Pope […]

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