Vatican announces motto of Jubilee Year 2025: ‘Pilgrims of Hope’

VATICAN-JUBILEE-HOLY YEARPope Francis has given his approval for the theme of the upcoming Holy Year 2025: ‘Pilgrims of Hope’. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, explained that, like any motto, it attempts to condense the meaning of the entire Jubilee journey. He notes that the chosen words – pilgrims and hope – both represent key themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate.
In the Roman Catholic tradition, a Holy Year, or Jubilee is a special year of grace. It traditionally marks a year of forgiveness of sins, a year of reconciliation between adversaries, a time of conversion and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Themes receiving special focus include: solidarity, hope, justice, commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters. A Jubilee year is above all the year of Christ, who brings life and grace to humanity.
Traditionally, it begins just before Christmas and ends on the Epiphany after Christmas the following year. The Pope inaugurates the Holy Year with the rite of the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica. After that, the Holy Doors of the other papal basilicas – St John Lateran, St Paul Outside the Walls, and St Mary Major – are opened and remain so until the end of the Jubilee Year.
Following the extraordinary 2015 Holy Year of Mercy instigated by Pope Francis, the forthcoming Jubilee will take place in line with the norm of leaving a 25-year gap between each one. The most recent ordinary jubilee took place in the year 2000, as the world and the Catholic Church prepared to enter the new millennium.
Read more at Vatican News.

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