Last March 13, Pope Francis surprised everyone announcing an extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and entrusted the archbishop Rino Fisichella with the organization. He called it “a new step for the Church in its mission, which is bringing the Gospel of Mercy to everyone”.
The opening and closing of the holy door marks the beginning and the end of the year; this gesture recalls the passage every Christian has to make, from sin to grace. Pope Francis will be the first one to enter the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica on December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council – and then he will open the other Holy doors of the major Basilicas of Rome.
Nevertheless, the first gesture of every Jubilee is the reading of the papal bull. It is going to be read near the closed Holy door on April 12, on Divine Mercy
Sunday, established by Holy John Paul II. During the first Sunday vespers – on Saturday at 5.30pm – Pope Francis will give the copy of the Papal Bull to the different ecclesial realities and continents.
A copy of the document will be given to the prefect of the Congregation of Bishop, Marc Oullet, and the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People, card. Fernando Filoni; to the prefect of the Congregation of Eastern Churches, card. Leonardo Sandri; moreover, “representing the whole eastern population” the archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, born in Hong Kong and is now secretary of the Congregation for the evangelization of People, the African continent is represented by the archbishop Barthelemy Adoukounos, from Benin and now secretary of the Pontifical council for Culture; the Pope will give to mons. Khaled Ayad Bishay for the Eastern Churches, he us part of the patriarchal church in Alessandria dei Copti.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa