Jubilee Year

Participate in the 2025 Jubilee in Italy

with your parish or group

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What is Jubilee?
A Jubilee Year has been consecrated as a Holy Year since the time of the Old Testament. It was celebrated every 50th year by the Jewish people. In the New Testament, Jesus read from the book of Isaiah and proclaimed Himself to be the anointed one – announcing “a year of favor from the Lord.” As this passage from Isaiah was referring to the Jubilee from Leviticus, Jesus Himself was proclaiming a Jubilee Year. It was his sacrifice on the cross that would bring redemption to all sinners – bringing Jubilee to all peoples and all nations. The Catholic Church currently celebrates an Ordinary Jubilee every 25 years – with the next one scheduled for 2025.

What is the motto for
Jubilee 2025?

Jubilee Year
The motto of the 2025 Jubilee is “Pilgrims of Hope”.

What are
Holy Doors?

The Holy Doors are the visible sign of the goal of Jubilee – to draw people closer to the Lord. In passing through the Holy Doors in a state of prayer, one is reminded of Jesus’ statement, ”I am the door. Whomever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9). The Jubilee officially begins when the Pope opens the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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When is
the year of jubilee?

The 2025 Jubilee begins on December 24, 2024 and will last through January 6, 2026.
(per person)
12 Days
11 Days
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"The Jubilee is time for the person, when each one is himself before God, in his image and likeness. And each one is called to move more quickly towards salvation and to advance in the gradual discovery of the truth about himself."
- Pope John Paul II
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Jubilee Potential Itineraries

The Jubilee Committee has created four itineraries within the city of Rome. Any of these itineraries can be combined with other sites in Italy to fully customize your group’s pilgrimage experience.
St. Peter's Dome

Papal Basilicas

The four Papal Basilicas in Rome (St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls) will each have a holy door open through the duration of the Jubilee Year.
St. Paul Outside the Walls

The Seven Churches Pilgrimage

This pilgrimage was originally created and promoted by St. Philip Neri in the 16th century. In addition to the four major basilicas, the additional churches of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, Santa Croce, and St. Sebastian Outside the Walls will be visited.
Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli

Iter Europaeum

Each of the countries of the European Union has a designated church in Rome for this pilgrimage. These churches are tied to the country due to artistic or cultural reason, or because it has been traditionally associated with pilgrims from that country. The European Union as a whole is represented by the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli (heavenly altar).
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Church of St. Cecilia

Patronesses of Europe and Doctors of the Church

The six churches along this pilgrimage route are dedicated to or connected with the holy women designated as patronesses of Europe or proclaimed to be Doctors of the Church. These saints are: St. Catherine of Siena, St. Bridget, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Teresa of Avila.
Each of these 4 Roman itineraries can be scheduled for between 2-5 (or more) days, depending upon how much time you want to spend in each location.

Additional Roman pilgrimage locations as well as other Italian locations outside of Rome can be combined with any of the above itineraries to customize a pilgrimage for your church or group.
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