“It will be important to foster a renewed awareness of the demands of the universal call to responsible participation by enhancing the charisms and ministries that the Holy Spirit never ceases to bestow for the building up of the one Church”. Pope Francis
As we head towards the Jubilee year as ‘Pilgrims of Hope’, we are called in 2023 and 2024 to focus on years of ‘The Council’ and “Prayer’.
What is a Jubilee Year?
In the Catholic Church, a Jubilee year, also known as a Holy Year, is a special year that is declared by the Pope and observed by Catholics globally. The faithful are called to seek forgiveness, deepen their faith and undertake acts of charity. During this time of spiritual renewal, Catholics are encouraged to partake in pilgrimage, often to Rome to enter through the Holy Door. The act of passing through the Holy Door is symbolic of crossing a threshold, leaving behind one’s sins and embracing God’s mercy and forgiveness. It represents a spiritual pilgrimage. The last Jubilee year, The Year of Mercy, was declared by Pope Francis in 2015-2016.
The purpose of the Jubilee Year of 2025 is threefold: to celebrate Jesus, to celebrate the Church and to celebrate our faith