Last Sunday, Pope Francis officially opened the Year of Prayer, in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee.

During the Angelus, the Holy Father announced that this year will be “dedicated to rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer in personal life, in the life of the Church, and in the world.”

Already in 2022, Francis had expressed his intentions for 2024 to be devoted to a “symphony of prayer… above all else, to renew our desire to be in the presence of the Lord, to listen to him and to adore him.”

This Year of Prayer will be aided by resources provided by the Dicastery for Evangelization.

During a press conference held on January 23, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, revealed that one such resource will be an 8-volume book series, titled “Notes of Prayer,” written by authors of international renown, which is going to be made available to the various bishops’ conferences.

Archbishop Fisichella also recommended revisiting the 38 catechetical talks given by Pope Francis from May 6, 2020 to June 16, 2021

The Holy Father will also set up a “School of Prayer,” a series of moments of encounter with specific groups of people to pray together and better understand the various forms of prayer.

The official 2025 Jubilee website also suggested the organization of “pilgrimages of prayer” at the diocesan level.

More than “particular initiatives,” though, this Year of Prayer will be “a privileged time in which to rediscover the value of prayer, the need for daily prayer in the Christian life; a time to discover how to pray, and above all how to educate the people of today in prayer, in this age of digital culture, so that prayer can be effective and fruitful,” Archbishop Fisichella said.

The 2024 Year of Prayer was instituted as a preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year.

The 2025 Jubilee Year will start with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica on December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve). During a symbolic ceremony, the Pope will open the door, allowing the pilgrims to enter through it. 

The Jubilee is a significant event, with pilgrimages and special indulgences. Several Jubilee itineraries within the city of Rome include visits to the Papal Basilicas, pilgrimages to the Seven Churches, visits to Roman churches linked to specific countries of the European Union (´Iter Europaeum´), and visits to selected churches to recall Patronesses of Europe and Doctors of the Church

There will also be cultural events to enrich the Jubilee program. Those who wish to take part in the main events of the Jubilee may get a free digital pass (pilgrim´s pass) by registering at the official portal site of the 2025 Jubilee. Volunteer applications are already open for those who wish to help or assist the pilgrims.

“In order for the Jubilee to be an event that spiritually enriches the life of the Church and of the entire people of God, becoming a concrete sign of hope, it has to be prepared for and lived in individual communities with that spirit of expectation which is typical of Christian hope. The Year of Prayer fully corresponds to this need,” clarified Archbishop Fisichella.

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Dr. Pedro Gabriel is a Portuguese Internet journalist, having received a diploma with Honours from the London School of Journalism in 2021. He is a member of the International Association of Religion Journalists. He is currently residing in Portugal with his wife, Claire.

He is one of the co-founders of Where Peter Is, where he remains as one of its main contributors. He also won First Prize of the 2023 Catholic Media Awards in the category “Pope Francis” for his apologetics book “The Orthodoxy of Amoris Laetitia (Wipf and Stock, 2022). He has since published two other apologetics books: “Heresy Disguised as Tradition” (En Route, 2023) and “Rigidity: Faithfulness or Heterodoxy?” (En Route, 2024).

He was an accredited press corps member for the press coverage of World Youth Day Lisbon 2023.

Currently, he is taking classes in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He is also a medical oncologist, a parish reader, and a published writer of Catholic novels.

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Claire is a Filipina global IT professional, residing in Portugal with her husband, Pedro Gabriel. She provides multimedia support, coverage and website maintenance.

She wrote articles for Where Peter Is and Ignitum Today, and provided special news coverage for Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News Media during Pope Francis´s 2015 papal visit in the Philippines.

She was an accredited press corps member for the press coverage of World Youth Day Lisbon 2023. She was active in Catholic apologetics and pro-life initiatives back in the Philippines.

She is currently taking journalism classes at the London School of Journalism. She is a member of the International Association of Religion Journalists.

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