In occasion of the Extraordinaly Jubilee and especially for the opening of the Holy Door of the Saint Peter’s Basilica on the 8th December 2015 is expected a large number of pilgrims and visitors, therefore as just released by the Vatican Council ONLINE RESERVATIONS will be mandatory for the opening event.
The reservation is free of charge and starts in October 2015 here: www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va
The Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. Ordinary Jubilee is proclaimed every 25 years. Last one, in 2000 has seen 25 million visitors and pilgrims in the Eternal City!
Pope Francis announced the celebration of an extraordinary Holy Year which is the 29th Jubilee (and the 5th extraordinary one) of the Jubilees’ history. It will begin with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2015, and will conclude on November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
The first rite and official opening of the Jubilee is the opening of the Holy Door which is only opened during this special year and remains cemented shut the rest of the time. The Holy Doors of the other Basilicas, St. John the Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major will be opened after the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.