Less than a week away from the start of the Jubilee of Mercy in the Vatican, Pope Francis has been presented with a book of Gospels.
Intended to commemorate the start of the Holy Year, the “Evangeliario di Misericordia” was presented to the Holy Father in the Hall of Popes in Vatican yesterday morning by President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.
The book is to be used for the upcoming Jubilee’s liturgies. The Jubilee of Mercy begins on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, when Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, and ends on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016.
An initiative by the Italian bishops’ conference, the publication of the four Gospels was illustrated with mosaics by Jesuit Slovenian artist Maro Ivan Rupnik, who produced the mosaics for the Redemptoris Mater chapel in the Vatican and for the Basilica of Fatima.
Archbishop Fisichella wrote the publication’s prologue and Fr. Alessandro Amapani contributed a series of its introductory texts.