Pope Francis announced that on next December 8, 2015, with…
The forthcoming December 8, 2015, Pope Francis with touches of hammer will open again the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica after 15 years, opening the Jubilee.
Throughout the period of the Jubilee, it is scheduled the arrive of 25 million of faithful from all over the world that will have the opportunity to visit the Capital also for those who have not ever visited it. For this reason it has been designed and prepared four walking Jubilee routes not only for tourists but also to the Romans.
Among them, there is a short journey of faith towards the Vatican Basilica starting to cross the Tiber River passing in the churches of San Giovanni Battista and San Salvatore in Lauro, (Called the Chiesa Nuova) where it’s possible to access to confess in various languages. Then, it continues towards Castel Sant’Angelo and then through Via della Conciliazione embracing the colonnade of St. Peter’s Square and Basilica.
There are four main routes ( click to download the map of the routes ) for those who want to rediscover the origins of the religion of Jesus in the Eternal City that converge all in Castel Sant’Angelo.
The first takes place along the Papal Way from Basilica of St. John in Lateran through its Holy Door, passing the Colosseum and the Prison of Camertino to Piazza Navona, continuing from here towards Via dei Banchi Nuovi in the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella while the second route passes trough Via dei Coronari in the Church San Salvatore in Lauro.
The third route is the “Way of the Pilgrim” which starts from St. John in Lateran to St. Peter’s Basilica, passing by San Paolo alla Regola, the square and the church of SS. Trinita dei Pellegrini, Via Giulia, San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, Castel Sant’Angelo, St. Peter.
The fourth route is the “Cammino Mariano” from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore that leads to the St. Peter’s Basilica, passing through via Urbana, via Madonna to Monti, via Tor dei Conti and Via dei Fori Imperiali, until the Mamertine Prison. From there, it connects with the first and second route in their common part to Piazza Navona.
In addition, the Lazio Region has restored ancient routes that are part of religious and pilgrimage routes from East and West Europe as the Via Francigena and the Routes of Benedict and Francis, most of which are developed right inside the Lazio region for a total extension of about 1000 km.
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