Holy Doors, or portae santae, are normally sealed shut from the inside and only opened during Jubilee years, during which pilgrims pass through the doors to gain a plenary indulgence. The doors of the Church "are wide open so that all those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness," Pope Francis said. "God never ceases to demonstrate the richness of his mercy over the course of centuries.” God touches people's hearts with His grace, filling them with repentance and a desire to experience His love, he added. “The greater the sin, the greater the love, which the church must express toward those who convert.”
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will be devoted to personal conversion, prayer and apostolic works.