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Pope Francis announces a universal Extraordinary jubilee

The much loved Pope Francis, on the second anniversary of his election, has just announced a universal Extraordinary jubilee. From the 8th of December (the day when Catholics celebrate the Immaculate conception) to the 20th of November 2016 , the “holy” door of St. Peter’s in Rome will be opened to all those who wish to repent their sins and be granted God’s pardon.

The Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica had been opened for an universal Extraordinary Jubilee by the future saint, John Paul II, in 1983, to celebrate the 1950 years since the redemption carried out by Christ through his death and resurrection in the year 33.

The word “Jubilee” comes from the Hebrew “Yobel” meaning “billy goat”, in reference to the ram’s horn used in religious celebrations.

The Jubilee should be every 50 years, but it is often indicted every 25. Ordinary jubilees occurred in 1925, 1950, 1975, and 2000. In exceptional circumstances a so-called “extraordinary” Jubilee is announced.  

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Pope Francis is dedicated to mercy. Before this there have been 64 universal Extraordinary Jubilees, all of which have had a variety of meanings and circumstances.

To fund the Jubilee the city of Rome will make use of the “Irpef” tax, which in Rome is the highest in Italy, but there won’t be any increase in the rate. The Jubilee will be a low cost event with controlled expenses in order to avoid corruption and thieving. 

A tourist boom is expected in relation to the jubilee. The jubilee in 2000 recorded an increase of nearly 5% compared to the previous year, and an overall 22% increase in income from tourism.  

In the city of Rome there were over 30% more tourists staying at five-star hotels compared to the previous year, and an impressive flow of visitors from Ireland and Poland.

It has been demonstrated that the jubilee has positive effects on truism also during the following year. A real blessing for the industry also due to the larger number of people paying the tourist tax.

Giulia Lombardo

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