Pope Francis formally announced the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy during Solemn Vespers this evening in St. Peter's basilica.
The Bull of Indiction, through which the announcement was made, was presented before the Holy Door of the basilica to a representative group of heads of the dicasteries of the Holy See.
The Jubilee will open on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, and end on the Feast of Christ the King on November 20th, 2016.
Excerpts of the Bull of Indiction “Misiceridocdiae Vultus” (below) were then read aloud by Msgr. Leonardo Sapienza of the prefecture of the papal household.
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