Early last year Pope Francis granted 2016 as the official “Year of Mercy”. This means it is a year of celebration and reflection of the Roman Catholic faith. Furthermore, certain churches across the globe have ‘holy doors’. What this means is they are now considered designated churches by the pope, whose doors are open more often for this reflection in 2016.
Events are currently being planned for 2016 in celebration of this year, as these special holy days happens once every 25-33 years.
The first event this year are pilgrimages that are starting this coming week, with buses to drive residents from their own parish to a church that is designated as have ‘holy doors’.
In London, the church assigned is St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica at 196 Dufferin Avenue.
Other than the pilgrimage for Londoners who wish to get involved, they can visit St. Peter’s Monday to Friday and tour around the Basilica from 7am – 4pm.