(Vatican Radio) It’s just over a week until the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy when Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica.
This extraordinary year was kick-started on Sunday when the Holy Father opened the Holy Door in Bangui on his visit to the Central African Republic.
One of the unique ideas of this Jubilee is that, for the first time Holy Doors will be opened in every diocese throughout the world, located for the most part in a Cathedral.
So what else can we expect from this great event in the life of the Church?
In this, the first of a four part interview taking us through key aspects of the Jubilee Year, Fr Eugene Silva, English language official at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization looks at the Pope’s intentions for this Year of Mercy, the importance of the year for the local Church around the world and the emphasis placed on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Listen to the first part of Lydia O’Kane’s interview with Fr Eugene Silva
The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has been charged with organizing the Holy Year of Mercy which officially opens on December 8th and closes Nov 20th 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.