«I have decided to proclaim an Extraordinary Jubilee that is focused upon the Mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. I want to live in the light of the words of the Lord: Be merciful like the Father." (Pope Francis)
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, at First Vespers of the Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis made public the Bull of Proclamation of the Jubilee of Mercy: Misericordiae Vultus.
This Extraordinary Holy Year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the end of Vatican Council II and began on December 8, 2015 and will end on Sunday, November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King and the living face of the Merciful Father.
The Door of Mercy of St. Francis Basilica was opened Dicember 20 2015 , thus fulfilling the Pope's wish that the "extraordinary" not only be celebrated in Rome but also in all the churches of the world including the city St. Francis and the Basilica dedicated to him. In this way all the faithful could receive forgiveness and plenary indulgence connected with this extraordinary event.
This year is also the 800th Anniversary of St. Francis' request for the Pardon of Assisi by which pilgrims visiting the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi may recieve a Plenary Indulgence any day of the year.
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