Basilica of St. Francis Opens Jubilee Door of Mercy
Sunday, December 20, 2015 opened the Holy Door of Mercy at the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi at the celebration of the 10:30 am Eucharistic Liturgia in the Lower Church. Before the Mass the Bishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino, and the Custos of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, Father Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M.Conv. opened the Holy Door beginning the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis who wants not only Rome but also the local churches to participate in the Jubilee Year.
This Jubilee that marks the fiftieth anniversary of the ending of the Second Vatican Council. The Jubilee began December 8, 2015 and will end on November 20, 2016.
Many pilgrims are expected not only to visit Rome but also Assisi where in 1216 St Francis and the Bishops of Umbria proclaimed the "Pardon of Assisi".