**New Update & Announcement posted 11/18/16: With the Holy Doors closing this Sunday, Nov. 20, the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola just announced extended hours the doors will be open this weekend. The doors will stay open this Saturday starting at 3 p.m. in the afternoon, all through the night and into the next morning when Bishop Barbarito officially closes the doors at the Cathedral’s 10:30 a.m. Mass. These doors at the Cathedral are the only ones in the diocese in which one may make a pilgrimage to walk through the doors and seek a plenary indulgence. **
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis comes to an end on Sunday, November 20. The Holy Year, observed by the Catholic Church since December 8, 2015 is a special time for the Church in which the faithful are to become more merciful in our own lives and bring God’s mercy to others. When we show mercy to others, we are serving as witnesses of the mercy that God constantly extends to all of us. This is why the motto for the Jubilee of Mercy is Merciful like the Father.
Pope Francis will close the Holy Doors in Rome on November 20, 2016 and similar doors around the world will be closed. In the Diocese of Palm Beach, Bishop Barbarito will close the Holy Doors at the diocesan Cathedral at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. The Cathedral Holy Doors are the only ones in the diocese in which one may make a pilgrimage to walk through the doors and seek a plenary indulgence.