WATERTOWN, MASS. (December 2, 2015)- On December 8th CatholicTV will air the Holy Mass for the Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica. The Mass will be celebrated by His Holiness, Pope Francis, from Vatican City and will air LIVE at 3:30 a.m. (ET).

In March of 2015, Pope Francis announced that the Holy Year of Mercy will commence on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015 and will conclude onthe Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, November 20, 2016. Pope Francis states, “I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time.” To find out more information about the Holy Year of Mercy, please visit: http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en.html.

The opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica marks the beginning of a holy year (or jubilee year) and this year it will mark the Holy Year of Mercy. Customarily a holy year will take place every 25 years but on some occasions, a holy year may be proclaimed earlier at the discretion of the current pope. The Holy Door has been covered by bricks since the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. Within the covering bricks, remains a box containing the keys to unlock the Holy Door, the certifying documents on the closure of the Holy Door, the parchment deed, bricks and a number of commemorative medals. To find out more information please visit: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/11/17/holy_door_at_st_peters_basilica_unveiled_for_jubilee_of_me/1187618.

The coverage of the Holy Mass for the Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica will air on December 8th LIVE at 3:30 a.m. (ET) as well as rebroadcast at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. To watch CatholicTV LIVE, please visit: www.CatholicTVLIVE.com. 

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