An exhibit of various products and items made inside prisons is also being planned, and will be located at Castel Sant'Angelo, which sits at the end of the large street leading up to the Vatican, called Via della Conciliazione.
During Mass, it will be the prisoners themselves who participate in various roles in the liturgy. The hosts used during Communion were also made by prisoners of the Opera maximum security prison in Milan as part of "The Meaning of Bread" project organized for the Jubilee of Mercy.
In his comments to journalists, Archbishop Fisichella said the prisoners coming were chosen by the bishops conferences and prison chaplains. Participating in the Jubilee for Prisoners was proposed to them by the Vatican, he said, explaining that by attending, they have "responded to the invitation of the Pope."
He said no special security measures are being taken given the special nature of the Jubilee, but that the event will move forward "like normal."
When it comes to transporting prisoners from around Italy and other countries, the archbishop said that each country has their own laws and regulations for how it will be done.
The Jubilee for the Socially Marginalized, on the other hand, will take place Nov. 13 and is intended for people who, "for different reasons, from economic precariousness to various diseases, from loneliness to a lack of family ties, have difficulties inserting themselves into the fabric of society and often end up on the margins of society, without a home or a place to live."
Nearly 6,000 people have signed up from countries around the world including France, Germany, Portugal, England, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Switzerland.
Celebrations will begin Friday, Nov. 11, with an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, during which the Pope will listen to testimonies and speak with them. Testimonies will also be given in various parishes around Rome throughout the day.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, a vigil will be held at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall, during which attendees can pass through the basilica's Holy Door. A concert will also be held that night in the Paul VI Hall.
The event will close Sunday, Nov. 13, with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. On the same day, the Holy Doors in the three major papal basilicas of Rome – St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Wall and St. John Lateran – and those in dioceses throughout the world will be closed, marking the coming end of the Jubilee of Mercy. The Holy Door in St. Peter's will be closed at the Nov. 20 conclusion of the Holy Year.
In his comments to journalists, Archbishop Fisichella said that to close the Holy Doors "does not exhaust the commitment of the Church, but in the light of the Jubilee experience, strengthens her witness."
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Referring to the Jubilee for Prisoners and Marginalized persons, he said, "we are certain that these two Jubilee events will be lived with the same intensity and experience of prayer with which we have seen the entire Jubilee (of Mercy) be celebrated."
The two events, he said, are "a meaningful horizon of the jubilee program which looks forward to Nov. 20 with serenity and trust."
Elise Harris was senior Rome correspondent for CNA from 2012 to 2018.