jubilee year of mercy

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.

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