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The Padre Pio Foundation of
Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage and Viewing of the Body
Padre Pio at St. Peter’s Basilica in
On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. before the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, on the occasion of the First
Vespers of the Divine Mercy Sunday, the Holy Father Francis published the Bull Misericordiae Vultus for the Indiction of the Jubilee of Mercy.
‘I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its center the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of
Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!’
The Holy Door - Each of the four papal basilicas in Rome has a Holy Door (porta santa in Italian and porta sancta in Latin).
The doors are normally sealed shut from the inside so that they cannot be opened. They are opened during Jubilee years, when pilgrims enter through those doors to gain plenary
indulgences connected with
the Jubilee. The Jubilee Year is celebrated every 25 years, meaning that the Holy Door is opened every
25 years. The Holy Father can proclaim a Holy Year (Jubilee Year) at any time as Pope Francis has proclaimed 2016 a Jubilee of Mercy and thereby the Holy Doors of all four Basilicas will be opened.
The Holy Door symbolizes the redemption of man’s sins and starting a new life.
In accordance with Pope Francis' wishes, the remains of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
will be exhibited in St. Peter's Basilica for the first time. The veneration will last from February 8th to 14th, 2016, during the Holy Year of
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
- Round trip airfare from JFK or Newark Airport -Taxes included
- First Class Hotel in Rome
- Breakfast Daily & 4 Dinners
- A Food & Wine Tasting in Rome
- Air-conditioned motor coach
- English speaking guide
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Porterage of one piece of luggage at hotel
- All taxes and service charges
- Daily Mass
- Tips for driver and guides
- Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
- Mass at Basilica of St. Mary Major
- Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
- Visit the Tombs of St. Francis & St. Clare
- Papal Audience (provided the Holy Father is in residence)
- Panorama of Rome
- Visit of the four major Basilicas of Rome to pass through the Holy Doors – St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St.
PILGRIMAGE PRICE: $3,250.00 per person double/triple
Single Supplement: $680.00
Mon, Feb 8th: New York/Rome
- Depart New York on your overnight flight to Rome. Dinner served in flight.
Tue, Feb 9th: Rome
- Morning arrival in Rome. You are met by your guide and
transferred to your hotel. En route we stop at St. Paul Outside the Walls. After our visit we continue to our hotel for check in.
Wed, Feb 10th: Ash Wednesday - Papal
- This morning we go to St. Peter’s Square for the Papal Audience (provided the Holy Father has an
audience on this day). Late afternoon we go to St. Peter’s Basilica to pass through the Holy Door and view the body of Padre Pio.
Thu, Feb 11th: Rome Basilicas and Ancient
- Today we have a full day “Tour of the Major Basilicas of Rome” – St. Peters’, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the
Walls & St. John Lateran. We pass through the Holy Doors of all the Basilicas.
- We also see the Roman Forum, the Coliseum and the Monument to Victor Emmanuel, Piazza Navona and the Trevi
Fri, Feb 12th: Rome/Assisi/Rome
- Morning departure to Assisi. Upon arrival in
Assisi we visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where we find the Porziuncola. Next, we visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, where we see the Tombs of the two Saints.
We have free time in Assisi before our late afternoon return to Rome.
Sat, Feb 13th: Rome
- Free day to enjoy Rome on your own or join an Optional Tour to Pompeii and
Sorrento. Dinner on your own this evening.
- Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 AD: By the
1st century AD, Pompeii was one of a number of towns located near the base of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius. The area had a substantial population which grew prosperous from the region's
renowned agricultural fertility. Many of Pompeii's neighboring communities, most famously Herculaneum, also suffered damage or destruction during the eruption. The eruption occurred on August 24, 79
just one day after Vulcanalia, the festival of the Roman god of fire, including that from volcanoes. The people and buildings of Pompeii were covered in up to twelve
different layers of tephra which
rained down for about 6 hours. We will explore the ruins of Pompeii on our tour. Pompeii is part of Vesuvius National Park and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
- After our visit of Pompeii, we continue to Sorrento with free time for lunch (on our
own) and time for shopping. After our visit, we return to Rome arriving in the early evening.
Sun, Feb 14th: Noon Papal Blessing
- Late morning we go to St. Peter’s Square for the Papal Blessing. This afternoon we have a
Food & Wine Tasting. Enjoy all of Italy's most renowned delicacies: wines, cheeses, meats, pastas, and more, all while guided by an expert sommelier determined to provide
you the most captivating culinary experience ever.
Mon, Feb 15th: Rome/USA
- Morning departure to Rome airport for our return flight to the USA.
Padre Pio Pilgrimage on the Road!
Pictures below are taken in Assisi!