Categories: General Date: Dec 14, 2015 Title: Holy Door Opened
One of the initial rites of any Jubilee Year is the opening of the Holy Door by the Pope. This rite of opening the Holy Door illustrates symbolically the idea that, during the Jubilee, the faithful are offered an “extraordinary pathway” towards salvation. Each of the four major basilicas of Rome has a Holy Door: Saint Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major. Three other permanent Holy Doors are located at the Shrine of Saint John Vianney, the Curé of Ars in France, at the Shrine of Saint James in Compostela in Spain and at the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame de Québec. In October 2015, a temporal privilege was extended by Pope Francis through the Papal Bull of Indiction for each Bishop to designate his own Holy Door(s) for the purpose of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Our Diocese has two Holy Doors – one at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer and of the Immaculate Conception in Corner Brook and one at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City. The faithful of the Diocese are invited to consider making a pilgrimage to one of the Diocesan Holy Doors during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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Information provided to the Media on the occasion of the announcement of the "Jubilee of Mercy"
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