While the Jubilee is to be celebrated primarily on the local level, that is in every Particular Church around the world, we are nonetheless expecting that a large number of pilgrims will travel to Rome to make a pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Apostle Peter and to enter through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica which represents the very heart of the Catholic Church.
In order to welcome each pilgrim who arrives in Rome, an impressive organizational structure has been set in motion in a brief period of time, one which will continue to develop in the months ahead in order to provide programs and initiatives which we hope will be of service to pilgrims. All of these important details will be updated regularly on the Jubilee website (www.im.va). Here we list those services and programs which have already been confirmed.
In order for pilgrims to have the opportunity to make a true pilgrimage through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, making at least one part of the journey on foot down a stretch of road, a special walkway will be reserved to be used only by pilgrims. This reserved walkway will begin at Castel Sant’Angelo, continue down Via della Conciliazione, traverse the Pius XII Square, extend through St. Peter’s Square and conclude at the Holy Door.
Access to this walkway will be reserved only for those registered pilgrims.
To this end, all pilgrims wishing to enter the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica must register in advance of their pilgrimage on the section of the Jubilee website dedicated to this purpose (www.im.va - “Pilgrim Registration”). All pilgrims will be asked to provide personal data and contact information, as well as the desired date and time of their pilgrimage through the Holy Door. At the entrance to the reserved walkway, pilgrims will be required to present the confirmation number of their registration which will be provided to them when they have registered.
The proposed journey will also be integrated with services to be provided at three churches in the Historic Center of Rome: San Salvatore in Lauro, Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova) and San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini. In these three churches there will be the continuous presence of priests to hear Confessions in a number of languages, moments for Eucharistic Adoration, and, in particular instances, catechetical sessions on the theme of mercy in order to prepare pilgrims to enter the Holy Door with a spirit of conversion. These three churches will be linked with the reserved walkway to St. Peter’s.
On the occasion of the Jubilee, it is our intention, as well as that of the Italian public authorities, to make available and secure other historic pilgrimage routes in Rome (the “Seven Churches” of St. Philip Neri) and towards Rome (the Via Francigena, the Romea, and other historic routes).
The Reception of Pilgrims
A welcome/reception center will be set up and staffed by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at 7 Via della Conciliazione (along the reserved walkway for access into the Basilica), for the entirety of the Holy Year. In addition to providing pilgrims with information, this will be the only location at which one may:
Register in extremis, if they have not already done so previously through the Jubilee website and which is obligatory in order to enter the reserved walkway for pilgrims to enter through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica;
Obtain the official certificate of pilgrimage participation which attests to entrance through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica (this is distinct from any other certificates which may be provided by the other historic routes mentioned above);
Obtain the testimonium which certifies, instead, that one has arrived in Rome on pilgrimage by foot by way of the above-mentioned historic routes.
In the gardens around Castel Sant’Angelo (where the reserved walkway for pilgrims begins) a service area will be set up offering snacks and drinks at controlled prices.
Other informational points (Infopoint ORP) will be provided by Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi at Fiumicino airport, at the Termini and Tiburtina train stations, as well as at other locations in the vicinity of St Peter’s Square.
Pilgrims with disabilities and other specific medical needs
While making a pilgrimage to the other Papal Basilicas of Rome (St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, and St. Paul Outside the Walls) does not require registration, all four Basilicas will have volunteers present during the Jubilee in order to assist pilgrims, as well as trained staff to assist those with disabilities. All will be equipped with a first-aid post as well.
It is important when registering to inform us of any and all particular medical conditions requiring the likes of dialysis, oxygen, insulin, etc., in order that we may provide statistical information to the Italian medical authorities.