(Vatican Radio) The Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome is allowing patients to create their own Holy Door for the Jubilee. The hospital is on the Janiculum Hill, which overlooks St. Peter’s Basilica, but many of the children are not well enough to make the journey.
Therefore, children from the oncohematology and other departments have been busy designing and creating their own version of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, drawing from scenes in the Old and New Testaments.
The project allows the children to use their senses, imagination, and artistic skills, as well as discover things about biblical history and spirituality.
The chaplain of the Bambino Gesù Hospital said the goal is to give to young patients and their families the feeling of being part of a community of love and mercy, and allow them to take part in the Extraordinary Jubilee.
"There is a deep connection between conversion and the suffering we experience in particular situations,” said Father Luigi.
“Suffering is not only physical pain, but also the inner suffering from lack of meaning," he continued.
"The more the spirit of God pervades our lives, the less we suffer, because we feel less alone,” Father Luigi said.
The chaplain said the Holy Spirit is “strength and light,” and that “unity with God” helps people deal with suffering.
“ If this it is true for everyone, it is even more so in this place,” Father Luigi said. “The value of this [Holy Door], even if symbolic, is important because it invites us to be united with the Lord, especially in suffering.”
The Bambino Gesù Hospital’s Holy Door project is ongoing, and will involve various activities looking at traditional pilgrimage sites around the Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Bambino Gesù Hospital’s facility in Palidoro, located in the Suburbicarian Diocese of Porto-Santa Rufina, will become the site of one the Diocese’s official Holy Doors for the Jubilee.
On 17 December, the Door of Mercy will officially be opened in the Hospital’s chapel by Bishop Gino Reale, thus becoming one of the four Holy Doors of the Diocese, which is situated in the northern part of the Province of Rome.