Monday, 7 December 2015

Pope Benedict will be present for opening of The Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica

Benedict XVI will attend the ceremony for the opening of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception, marking the start of the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy. 
The Holy Year of Mercy will end on November 20, next year, The Solemnity of Christ the King.
Tomorrow’s celebration will also mark the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, and will begin with readings from taken from the four conciliar constitutions (Dei Verbum, Lumen gentium, Sacrosanctum concilium e Gaudium et spes) along with two passages taken from, Unitatis redintegratio on ecumenism and Dignitatis humanae on religious liberty.
Holy  Doors around the world will be opened on Sunday to coincide with the opening of the Holy Doors at the Cathedral of St John Lateran. 
For the year 800 priests have put themselves forward as ‘Missionaries of Mercy’, and the Pope will perform a “symbolic gesture” of mercy once a month. On December 18 he will open a ‘Door of Mercy’ at a Caritas homeless hostel. 
The Rosary will also be recited daily in St Peter’s Square in front of the statue of St Peter.
Pope Benedict has accepted the invitation of Pope Francis to attend several events in St Peter’s since his election, most recently on February, when he attended the last Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals.

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