Jesus was mercy incarnate. Would that we would all walk like He did, helping the poor, feeding the hungry, and pardoning our enemies.
Pope Francis has declared this as a Jubilee year of Mercy, opening the holy doors at St. Peter's and the 4 other major basilicas in Rome. (St. John Lateran, St. Pauls' outside the walls, Santa Maria Maggiore) Pilgrims are coming from around the world to walk through the holy doors to experience mercy. To quote the Pope: “the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.”
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Just FYI, security here in Rome is tighter than I've ever seen it, with machine gun armed guards stationed outside every major site along with police stopping scooters, and cars to check them, and thousands of other police, and Carabinieri checking everyone.
If you are interested in attending an audience (about 2 hours) you can get tickets free of charge click here for instructions or click here to reserve through the Church of Santa Susanna. Although the tickets are free, it is wise to bring a donation.