Pope Francis is marking his second anniversary since His election as the Pope.
To mark this occasion he Announced a special Jubilee Year Which is September to start in December 2015.
This announcement came as a surprise to many as in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, there has only Been 26 Holy Years.
This means That this is an important occasion any catholic Which would wish to participate on as it is a rare occasion Which will probably only happen once in a lifetime.
The announcement was made by the Pope himself as he was celebrating the penitential liturgy in a Friday mass at Vatican.
The event is to kick off on September 8th December and the main focus will be on forgiveness and mercy. The extraordinary Jubilee Year will come to an end on 20th November 2016.
The starting dates anche marks the celebration of the feat of Immaculate Conception and closing of the 2nd Vatican council.
As the Pope put it, it is a journey Which starts with a spiritual conversation and is supposed to dwell on God's mercy.
The jubilee years are special to the catholic faithful as they get special indulgences, one of the highest forms of forgiveness one can get.
Worshippers normally travel all over the world to Vatican to participate on in rare events, here indulgences is granted. Indulgences normally involve full pardoning of a worshiper or temporal punishment for the wrongs one had committed Already. The first Jubilee was called by Pope Boniface VIII way back in 13th century, initial plan was to have it every century but the period was shortened to a quarter century.
Those Jubilee That Fall On these years are regarded as ordinary while Those That called by the Pope on special occasion are regarded as Extra ordinary. The last ordinary jubilee took place in 2000 while the last time an extra ordinary Holy Year was declared was in 1933 by Pope Pius XI. This event according to Functional the Pope is to keep the church doors open to all.
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Date Extraordinary Jubilee Year
From 8 December 2015 -
opening of the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica Vatican City Italy
To November 20, 2016,
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.