Vatican City - December 8, 2015. Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano

Vatican City – December 8, 2015. Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter’s Basilica to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Credit: © L’Osservatore Romano

The Holy Doors inside St. Peter’s Basilica for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy are officially open!

If you don’t know what a Holy Door is, we broke it down for you and answered all your burning questions here.

After Pope Francis opened the doors, the very first pilgrim through the doors after him was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

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Then we cried a little bit at this touching moment:


Typically, the only official “Holy Doors” opened during a Jubilee are found in the four major basilicas of Rome. For the Jubilee of Mercy, however, Pope Francis has asked that the tradition of the Holy Door be available at the local level!

In fact, each diocese has been instructed to designate a Holy Door so that you too can make a pilgrimage and receive an indulgence without having to travel far from home!

So, take our poll and let us know if you will make it to a Holy Door this year. You only have until Nov. 20, 2016, when the Jubilee year will end!

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