Pope Francis will officially proclaim the Jubilee of Mercy on Saturday afternoon, 11 April. Following his announcement on 13 March, the Holy Father will issue the Bull of Indiction at a rite in the Vatican Basilica at 5:30 pm.
At the beginning of the celebration, several passages of the Bull will be read aloud in front of the Holy Door. Then Pope Francis will preside at First Vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday, underlining it as an extraordinary holy year.
A Bull of Indiction, especially for an extraordinary holy year is a fundamental document which recognizes the spirit with which it was proclaimed, the Pontiff's intentions and desired fruits for the Church. The Bull also provides the times, the opening and closing dates, the main ways in which in will be celebrated.
During the most recent extraordinary holy years, held in 1933 and 1983, the Bull of Indiction was issued on the Solemnity of the Epiphany. For this year too, the date of the Bull's indiction was chosen according to Pope Francis' special attention to the theme of mercy.
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