Pope Francis Will Celebrate a Series of Jubilee of Mercy Events

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The long line of pilgrims on the path dedicated to them as they move toward the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica through the Holy Door

The Jubilee Year opened December 8, and continues through November 20, the Feast of Christ the King

The Holy See has designated a number of special days throughout the remaining months of the Jubilee Year to be celebrated as jubilees for particular groups, and a few other related events, in all of which the Pope plans to participate. Here is the schedule:

The jubilee for pilgrimage workers, the first major event, took place January 19-21, 2016, starting with an international gathering of pilgrimage workers together with priests, rectors, and staff of shrines.

The remains of Padre Pio, the stigmatic Capuchin friar, and St. Leopold Mandic, a saint devoted to hearing confessions, were exposed and venerated at Francis’ request in a sequence of Rome churches, culminating in St. Peter’s Basilica on February 3-11.

A jubilee for prayer groups of Padre Pio took place in St. Peter’s February 6.

On February 10 was the sending forth of the Missionaries of Mercy, those priests who are granted the faculty to absolve sins usually reserved to the Holy See or its delegates.

On the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, February 22, the Pope was to celebrate a special jubilee for the Roman Curia, the Vatican Governatorate, and the institutions linked to the Holy See.

“Twenty-four Hours for the Lord” from March 4 to March 5 was to culminate in a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica, celebrated by Pope Francis.

On April 1-3, during the Easter Octave, the jubilee of Divine Mercy spirituality will be celebrated.

On April 1, some Roman parishes will celebrate a penitential rite, and the following day Pope Francis will lead a prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square. He will say Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday on April 3.

The jubilee for boys and girls will begin with an April 23 evening festival at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, followed by a Mass said by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square the following day.

A prayer vigil “To Dry the Tears,” a prayer vigil for all those in need of consolation, will be presided over by Pope Francis the evening of May 5.

The jubilee of deacons will take place May 27-29, with conferences on their role as icons of mercy for the new evangelization in their families, parishes, and jobs. They will gather in Rome’s seven parishes named for St. Lawrence, and on May 28 will have Adoration, Confession, and pilgrimage to the Holy Door, then attend a Mass said by Pope Francis May 29.

Priests will celebrate their jubilee June 1-3. The first day will be dedicated to Eucharistic Adoration, lectio divina, and confessions. The Holy Father will preach their spiritual retreat June 2, and June 3 will say Mass with them.

The jubilee of the sick and disabled will occur June 10-12. The participants will gather in the jubilee churches, and proceed to the Holy Door. A celebration will be held in the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo June 11, and a Mass in St. Peter’s Square with the Holy Father June 12.

From September 2-4 the volunteers of mercy will gather in Rome for catechesis and a Mass with Pope Francis.

The catechists’ jubilee is scheduled September 23-25. The first day, the catechists will have the option of either visiting San Luigi dei Francesi to contemplate Caravaggio’s paintings of St. Matthew’s ­calling, inspiration, and martyrdom; or the Sistine Chapel to view salvation history through the ceiling painted by Michelangelo. The following day will see a catechesis on mercy in the jubilee churches and a prayer vigil at St. John Lateran, and Pope Francis will say Mass September 25 in St. Peter’s Square.

A Marian jubilee will be celebrated October 7-9, which will gather delegates from Marian shrines across the world. Pope Francis will be present at the October 8 prayer vigil, and say Mass October 9.

The final main event to take place will be the jubilee for prisoners, with Pope Francis celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s on November 6.

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