WelCom February 2024
Pope Francis has announced the start of a Year of Prayer in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.
The Pope said that a Year of Prayer, which began in January, is ‘a year dedicated to rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer in one’s personal life, in the life of the Church, and in the world.’
‘Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, with which we will begin the jubilee,’ Pope Francis said. ‘I ask you to intensify your prayer to prepare us to live this event of grace well and to experience the power of God’s hope.’
The Vatican and the city of Rome are expecting an estimated 35 million people to come to the city for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope – the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. A jubilee is a special holy year of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church. It typically takes place once every 25 years.