On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis declared the beginning of a year of Jubilee of Mercy by opening the Holy Door to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. In doing so, the Pope has officially placed focus on mercy and forgiveness for the 1.2 billion catholics around the world.
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More than a million are expected to make a pilgrimage to pass through the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica or one of the other three holy doors in the other Roman basilicas. All doors have the power to grant special absolution from sin to pilgrims who repent and pass through their doors.
Read more about the Pope's plans for 2016:
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