Kate Morgan | December 3, 2015
In accordance with the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame will open a symbolic Door of Mercy on Dec. 13, the Third Sunday of Advent. The opening of the door will mark the beginning of the extraordinary Holy Year. Rev. Peter Rocca, C.S.C., Basilica rector, will preside over the rite, which will occur during the 10 a.m. Mass.
In April, Pope Francis announced that, starting Dec. 8, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council, an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will be observed by the Catholic Church through November 2016. As with all jubilee years, the Year of Mercy will include the use of a Holy Door, a specially designated entrance that has spiritual and symbolic meaning for Catholics. Pope Francis will start by opening a Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica that remains sealed except during jubilee years.