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Pope Francis addresses the crowd at the proclamation of the papal bull “Spes Non Confudit,” meaning “Hope Does Not Disappoint,” at the Vatican on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

Pope Francis proclaims 2025 Jubilee papal bull: ‘Hope does not disappoint’

May 9, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The papal bull declares that the Jubilee will officially begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s... Read more

A member of the maintenance crew at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., places a seal on the Holy Door at the basilica after Archbishop Timothy Broglio blessed the seal and doors on Dec. 3, 2023.

Archbishop Broglio sealed the Holy Door at the National Shrine. What is a Holy Door?

Dec 4, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The doors at the entrance to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., will... Read more


Rome announces major construction project in preparation for 2025 Jubilee Year

Jul 28, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

In anticipation of the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year, the city of Rome presented a major infrastructure project Friday.  Read more

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015.

Rome prepares for 35 million pilgrims during 2025 Jubilee Year

May 18, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican and the city of Rome are expecting an estimated 35 million people to flock to the Eternal City... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in L'Aquila, Italy on Aug. 28, 2022.

Pope Francis becomes first pope in more than 700 years to open the Holy Door in L’Aquila

Aug 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

During a trip to the Italian city of L’Aquila, Pope Francis participated in a centuries-old tradition established by Pope Celestine... Read more

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 20, 2016.

At close of Jubilee, Pope Francis says it’s a reminder of what’s essential

Nov 20, 2016

On Sunday Pope Francis closed the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, officially marking the end of the Jubilee of... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 10, 2016.

For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ's mercy we must share it

Aug 10, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into... Read more

Pilgrims pass through the Holy Doors of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Dec. 13, 2015.

Mercy, not magic – Archdiocese of Bombay clarifies Holy Doors and the Jubilee

Jan 26, 2016

The Archdiocese of Bombay issued a clarification last week after WhatsApp users in Maharashtra were circulating a 'misleading' message which... Read more