Opening of the Porta Santa, Rome, December 8, 2015 – The event which begins officially at  Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is the rite of the Porta Santa at San Pietro’s Basilica.

The day of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will own the Porta Santa of San Pietro’s Basilica.

The Santa Messa will begin at 9.30 am in San Pietro’s Square.

It will begin so the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, even though Pope Francis, during the Angelus of 1 November, has announced that this traditional event will be preceded by an opening of a Porta Santa in the Central African Republic, November 29.

The Porta Santa is the door of a basilica which is walled and open only on the occasion of a Jubilee. Through the Porta Santa you are obtained a plenary indulgence.

The first Porta Santa in the world is contained in the Basilica of Collemaggio (L ‘Aquila). In the Abruzzo capital is held every year a Jubilee, la Perdonanza.

In Rome, also they have a Porta Santa of San Giovanni in Laterano basilica, San Paolo fuori le mura and Santa Maria Maggiore.

In addition to the four Roman basilicas, they are places of pilgrimage to Rome for the Jubilee indulgence alsoSan Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme e San Sebastiano fuori le Mura, and the Santuario del Divino Amore and the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia ( “Shrine of the Divine Mercy”).