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INVITATION – The Jubilee Year of Mercy will officially start on December 8, 2015 in the Basilica of St. Peter. In the Holy Land, several events and programs are proposed for the faithful and also for pilgrims.  The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries asks diocesan offices and agencies for pilgrimages to include the various initiatives in the programs of pilgrims visiting the Holy Land during this Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016.

Below, is the invitation of the Assembly.

Dear Tour Operators

Diocesan Offices or Agencies for Pilgrimages,

On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis will inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican. Bishops around the world have designated, special sanctuaries, shrines and churches and prepared pastoral programs for the celebration of this extraordinary event for their faithful.

The Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land are doing the same for our faithful and pilgrims visiting the holy places during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Episcopal Commission for Pilgrimages invites both the local faithful and pilgrims to

attend the ceremony of opening Door of Mercy in…

• Jerusalem Basilica of Gethsemane 13 December 2015 4:00 pm

• Haifa Melkite Cathedral 13 December 2015

• Haifa Maronite Cathedral 13 December 2015

• Amman Melkite Cathedral 13 December 2015

• Nicosia Maronite Cathedral 13 December 2015

• Bethlehem St Catherine’s Church 24 December 2015 11:15 pm

• Nazareth Basilica of Annunciation 27 December 2015 10:00 am

visit during this Jubilee Year, the holy places as a “sign of a deep desire for true conversion” and penance for all our sins against peace, justice and reconciliation especially in the Middle East. Passing through the Door of Mercy opened in Gethsemane, Bethlehem and Nazareth in order to obtain the plenary indulgence (visit, confession, communion, profession of faith and prayer for intentions of the Holy Father), a rite with significance and a public commitment to build a better world.

practice corporal and spiritual works of mercy, by …

• participating in the Sunday Mass with a parish, especially those who are more isolated and far away from the city: This is “communion of faith”;

• taking the time to visit with the elderly and sick people, handicapped or refugees, hosted by religious Institutions: This is “proximity of love”.

The Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land make this appeal to you, that you kindly consider to include and add this initiative in your pilgrimage programs. We wish you all pax et bonum.

Pietro Felet scj

Secretary general ACOHL

Secretary of Episcopal commission for pilgrimages

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