Thousands of the faithful backed up for several blocks at the Vatican on Tuesday, huddled under umbrellas and some undergoing two body and bag searches along the way as security dominated Pope Francis's opening of Holy Year.
The Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, is expected to draw millions to Rome and is prompting the strictest security in living memory following recent attacks in Paris and California.
1 to the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, which is organizing the holy year
on his behalf.
It's only the 27th time in the history of the Catholic Church that there has been a Holy Year
It is logic to think that the Galician Community (the main recipient of tourists in the Holy year
), and those that are crossed by the Jacobean routes and branches, take advantage of the Holy year
to promote their touristic destinations.
Trinita, in connection with a pilgrimage to Loreto undertaken by the confraternity in April 1578 in thanksgiving for their success during the Holy Year
Delayed by the Second World War, it became a reality only during the 1950 Holy Year
These include silver and bronze Jubilee 2000 medals; bronze wax castings of the Holy Door; two- or three-dimensional images of the Holy Year
Popes; and many other items.