The Holy Doors in Italy

A few weeks ago, our group took a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. While the entire church was completely breathtaking, there was another aspect that we got to experience that not many other people would normally have the chance to do. That experience was the Holy Doors. There are four sets of Holy Doors in Italy: St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the Basilica of St. Mary the Great, and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall, all located in Rome. The Holy Doors were opened by Pope Francis in this “Jubilee Year”(usually every 25 years. The last one was in 2000 but Pope Francis made an exception) in order to give any one who walks through the Doors a chance to receive an indulgence and the mercy of God. An indulgence in the Catholic faith is, in short terms, a way to take off time in Purgatory, a way to atone for our sins here on Earth. There are multiple ways to receive indulgences, but to be granted the one concerning the Holy Doors, this is what must be accomplished: walk through a set of Holy Doors (duh), go to mass and confession within one week of walking through the doors, and pray for the intentions of Pope Francis. The Doors has since closed, but it was so amazing to be granted the opportunity to walk through them! I can truly say I will never forget it!

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