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Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 8 to inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- On a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis' voice echoed in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica: "Open the gates of justice." With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God's justice, which he said will always be exercised "in the light of His mercy."

The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was preceded by a Mass with 70,000 pilgrims packed in St. Peter's Square Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the beginning of the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

POPE’S MESSAGE | God never shuts the door; Church always must be open, too

Policeman watched as Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience Nov. 18 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Because God always keeps open the door of His mercy and offer of salvation to everyone, the doors of every Church and every Christian heart must never be closed to others, Pope Francis said.

All over the world, individual Christians and the whole Church must be seen as "the hospitality of a God who never shuts the door in your face with the excuse that you're not part of the family," he said at his weekly general audience Nov. 18.

Cathedral basilica doors sealed in anticipation of Year of Mercy

The center narthex doors at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis were sealed by Bishop Edward Rice before Mass in anticipation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.

Consider this fair warning to anyone visiting the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis: Don't try to enter through the center narthex doors between now and mid-December.

They've been sealed shut -- with a thick burgundy-colored rope -- in preparation for the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Rice sealed the doors in a ceremony before the 12:05 p.m. Mass Sept. 8, the Blessed Mother's birthday. They will be opened Dec. 13, right after the beginning of the Year of Mercy.

Quebec archbishop hopes Holy Door will draw Americans closer to faith

The Holy Door was opened at the Basilica-Cathedral Notre Dame de Quebec in Quebec City Dec. 8. A Mass marked the opening of the Holy Door and the 350th anniversary of Notre Dame de Quebec, one of the oldest parishes in North America. The Holy Door is the first one outside Europe.

TORONTO -- Quebec Archbishop Gerald Lacroix hopes the Holy Door being installed at the Basilica-Cathedral Notre Dame de Quebec will draw more than a million North Americans closer to their roots and faith.

"The idea is not to just come to the door," the archbishop told the Canadian weekly the Catholic Register. "People love to go to the roots of their faith. We get over a million visitors already a year in our cathedral, (and) we'll certainly get a lot more."

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