Holy Doors and the Jubilee Year of Mercy

During this “Jubilee Year of Mercy” the Holy Doors around the world were opened, this is a once in 25 year occasion that helps to instill and restore faith among parishes all over the world. Now, this “Year of Mercy” is different in that Pope Francis declared that there should be Holy Doors in all diocese of the world. However it is still an occasion to visit one of the doors opened by the Holy See, there are 8 total in the world and they are: Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City), Archbasilica of St. John Lateran (Rome), Basilica of Saint Mary the Great (Rome), Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (Rome), Santiago de Compostela Cathedral ( Galicia, Spain), Pontifical University of Santo Tomas Chapel (Manila, Philippines), Sanctuare of the Curé of Ars (Ars-sure-Formans, France) and Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral (Quebec, Canada). All of these sites are important sites to visit during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

With Rome having 4 of these Holy Doors in close proximity, and the Vatican being there as well. Italy is an important site for a Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrim. Join us for one of our pilgrimages going to Rome this year before the end of December as that is when the doors will be closed for another 25 years.

“I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved” John 10:9


Canonization of Mother Teresa

The Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta is an important event not to be missed. The opportunity to visit the Vatican for this momentous occasion, together with passing through the Holy Doors during this Jubilee Year of Mercy cannot be overlooked. In this blog we reflect on the life of Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa was Albanian, a missionary and foremost a religious sister. She is the founder of the Missionaries of Charity; she began her missionary work in 1948. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. Her life was dedicated to the poor and destitute, living her life to help those less fortunate. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to her and paved the way for her canonization. For her unwavering commitment to aiding those most in need, Mother Teresa stands out as one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century.

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