Pilgrims of Hope
Pilgrims of Hope is the key theme of Pope Francis‘s pontificate, said archbishop Mario AusIII from his office at Roman Catholicism’s Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization which is in charge of Holy Year planning efforts.”
The leader overseeing these projects added that upon approval by 3rd January 2018 they began working with Vatican City authorities as well Italian locals on how best to welcome pilgrims during this time period while also awaiting further instructions from their new employer-the head Catholic church himself!
The Pope opens St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate Christmas Eve and one year later seals it with an ornate golden key in the former’s hands while thousands watch from afar or below through their windows if they’re lucky enough not have too many people standing around looking up at them waiting impatiently!
The tradition started centuries ago when popes would open small doors inside major basilicas during holy years where only select individuals (usually high-ranking clergy) could enter; nowadays though this has evolved into something much more than just opening a door–it symbolizes rebirth for us all because there are so few ways left now that allow
The first Holy Year was proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300, but 50 years later Clement VI launched another one. He believed that these holidays should be celebrated every 33rd year as an omen of what happened when Jesus walked this earth!
The Church has called for a holy year every 25 years to commemorate important events in Jesus’ life. In 1933, it was the 1 900th anniversary of his death and resurrection; then again from 1983-1984, there were two such anniversaries caused by being exactly 1850 years apart!
God’s mercy is always available to those who need it most. Pope Francis saw that the way Catholics act towards their neighbours can have an impact on world peace, so he declared a Year of Mercy for all intents and purposes during the 2015-16 season which had different themes including “Outreach” or making friends outside your church community. You don’t even need coffee! Just donate $1 at Starbucks instead – every dollar counts in keeping this website afloat thanks so much!
Pilgrims of Hope
Pope Francis approved “Pilgrims of Hope” as the motto for the Holy Year 2025.
The motto aims to give a concise sense of the full meaning of the jubilee journey, Archbishop Rino Fisichella told Vatican News on Jan. 13.
The words “pilgrims” and “hope” also represent key themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate, said the archbishop, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, which is in charge of the Holy Year planning efforts.
The archbishop said the pope approved the motto Jan. 3 and that he is awaiting further instructions from the pope. In the meantime, the council already is working with Vatican and Italian authorities on the best way to welcome a large number of visitors during the year.
Traditionally for holy years, the celebrations begin with the pope opening the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve and ends with the sealing of the door one year later. The holy doors of St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major are opened for the year, too.
A holy year or Jubilee is a time of pilgrimage, prayer, repentance and acts of mercy, based on the Old Testament tradition of a jubilee year of rest, forgiveness and renewal. Holy years also are a time when Catholics visit designated churches and shrines, recite special prayers, go to confession and receive Communion to receive a plenary indulgence, which is a remission of the temporal punishment due for one’s sins.
Pope Boniface VIII proclaimed the first Holy Year in 1300 and decreed that they would be celebrated every 100 years. But just 50 years later, a more biblical cadence, Pope Clement VI proclaimed another holy year. Pope Urban VI thought holy years should be celebrated every 33 years as a reminder of the time Jesus lived.
Finally, in 1470, Pope Paul II established the celebrations every 25 years, which has been the practice ever since. However, special anniversaries have called for special holy years, for instance, in 1933 to mark the 1,900th anniversary of Jesus’ death and resurrection and in 1983 to mark the 1,950th anniversary.
Pope Francis, seeing a need to emphasize God’s mercy and to encourage Catholics to return to the sacrament of reconciliation, declared an extraordinary Year of Mercy, which ran in 2015-16.