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Jubilee Year: Pope to Have Extra General Audience Each Month

Archbishop Georg Gänswein Shares News With Vatican Radio This Weekend

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During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis will hold a monthly Saturday General Audience.

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the Papal Household, shared this news with Vatican Radio this weekend. Currently, the Holy Father has a weekly General Audience with the faithful every Wednesday morning in St. Peter’s Square or, during certain times of the year, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. To attend is free and pilgrims only need to request tickets in advance.

In the interview, the prelate was asked about General Audiences during the Jubilee Year, and if there were anything new to expect. Responding, the prelate said, «Yes, there is an important novelty.»

«In view of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, once a month, a Saturday–we already have established the dates–there will be an extra General Audience, along the lines of the usual General Audience. Then, one will see what to do, but there will be a General Audience with the character of the Jubilee Year,» he said.

The dates have not yet been released.

In March, Pope Francis announced the celebration of an extraordinary Holy Year dedicated to Mercy. The Jubilee of Mercy will begin on Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Collaborating with the Pontiff, the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, led by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, has been entrusted with planning the year’s events. The council created a website available in various languages, which gives explanations, videos, and provides a calendar.


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Official Site for the Jubilee Year:

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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