Year of Mercy 2016

November 12, 2015

Behind the Franciscan year of 2014, Pope Francis has proclaimed a Extraordinary jubilee, through the papal bull called «Mercy Vultus» having as fundamental axis the mercy of God. We are therefore facing a Holy Year of Mercy. Its official beginning will be on December 8 of the current year, the day of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe.

This Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door in the Basilica of San Pedro, in the city of Rome, and the following Sunday the rest of the Holy Doors will be opened in all the Churches of the World, including the Shrines.

The Holy Door only opens during Holy Years, remaining closed the rest of the time, reason why this opening is of special interest for all those who have thought to realize some route of the Way, finalizing in Santiago de Compostela; or have planned to visit said city.

During the time that the Holy Door remains open, a "way to the salvation of the faithful" is symbolically offered; and for non-believers the opportunity to cross through doors of great historical tradition.

The roots of the Jubilee are based on the religion of Judaism. Thanks to the figure of the Jubilee, all the people of Israel would be in the same conditions of equality, regardless of their current situation. It would be a new beginning.

The tradition of the Holy Year began in the year 1300 with Pope Boniface VIII, having its celebration once in each century.

On the occasion of this extraordinary opening of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of Santiago the Jubilee can be obtained, before the Jacobean Year 2021, which would be the next Holy Year.

And Peregrino remembers: The important thing is not the goal, but the Camino itself!

 Total of pilgrims that reached the Cathedral of Santiago: 278.041

The French Way with 60% of the total it is the largest route of all the Caminos de Santiago.

It is followed by an emerging Path and with great attraction as is the Portuguese Way with 18%.