Rome, Italy, May 5, 2016 / 05:02 am America/Denver (CNA).
To observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to connect it with past Jubilee Years, the pilgrimage office of the Diocese of Rome is displaying historical documents proclaiming the jubilees dating back to 1300.
“Holy Pilgrimage: The Jubilee Bulls from the Vatican Secret Archives” is an exhibition of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi which displays papal bulls of indiction of the Jubilee Years from 1300 to 2000.
The bulls are normally not available to public view, and are restricted to scholars and conservationists who work with the Vatican Secret Archives – the historical archives of the papacy.
The exhibition also features bulls from the archives of the Chapter of St. Peter kept in the Vatican Library, as well as incunabula – books printed before the year 1500 – stored at the Biblioteca Casanatense.
Beginning today, the exhibition is on display daily through July 31, from 10 am to 9 pm, at the Palazzo del Vicariato Vechio on the Via della Pigna, a two-minute walk south of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Each bull is accompanied by explanatory texts in English and Italian which provide historical context for the jubilees.