Holy Year of Mercy Pilgrimages to Rome and Italy


Catholics from around the world will flock to Vatican City in 2016 to celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy, a Jubilee announced by Pope Francis in March, and Unitours wants you to be a part of this special occasion.

The Jubilee, only the 29th Holy Year in the Church since it started more than 700 years ago, begins December 8, 2015, the date of the Immaculate Conception, and ends November 20, 2016, which marks the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Holy Years typically take place every 25 years unless the Pope orders an Extraordinary one to bring attention to a certain topic; such is the case with this year’s. The last Jubilee came in 2000 and the last Extraordinary Holy Year was in 1983 to commemorate 1,950 years after Jesus’ death.

In honor of this event, Unitours has developed special Jubilee pilgrimages to Rome and the rest of Italy for Catholics looking to take part in this holy event. These pilgrimages may include guided tours through the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, which is sealed shut from the inside during non-Jubilee years, to celebrate mass. You will also take part in other religious celebrations at other Basilicas and museums during your trip.

Pilgrimages can be customized to include both spiritual and secular sites in Venice, Florence, Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo and other locations around Italy as well. Most trips also include some free time to give pilgrims a chance to explore the romantic beauty that Italy has to offer.

During this Jubilee, we are reminded to be more merciful and forgiving to sinners and millions of pilgrims are expected to take part in religious festivals around the Vatican throughout the year.

Learn more about Hosting a Catholic Pilgrimage to celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy in Italy or visit our Tours of Italy page to join an upcoming Pilgrimage to Rome.


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