The Pilgrimage in Rome

 

 Even if the Jubilee has to be celebrated and experienced above all locally, in every Church around the world, many pilgrims, in groups or by themselves, will want to come to Rome to make the pilgrimage to the Tomb of Peter passing through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Whether by themselves or in a group, in order to pass through the Holy Door, every pilgrim must register in advance on the Jubilee website www.im.va, selecting the date and time required. In order to access the Basilica, there is a walkway reserved for pilgrims that runs from Castel Sant’Angelo passing through Via della Conciliazione, Piazza Pio XII and St. Peter’s Square, to reach the Holy Door. Pilgrims’ registration will be checked at its entrance points, with pilgrims asked to present their booking confirmation issued by the system.

At Via della Conciliazione no. 7 there is a welcome point for pilgrims, managed directly by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation, for the duration of the Holy Year.

In addition to providing information to pilgrims, this will be the only place where you can:

  1. make a last-minute registration (mandatory) to access the route reserved for pilgrims to the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, if this has not been done earlier on the Jubilee website;
  2. obtain the pilgrim’s certificate of participation, attesting that you have passed through the Holy Door of St. Peter (different from any other certificate relating to walking pilgrimages along the historic streets);
  3.  obtain the testimonium which certifies the pilgrim has reached Rome on foot along one of the aforementioned historic streets.

While the pilgrimage to other papal basilicas of Rome will not be subject to registration, all four basilicas are still manned by Volunteers for the Jubilee, at the service of all the pilgrims and  prepared for the assistance to disabled persons, and all equipped with a first aid medical post.

In addition, three churches in the historic center of Rome: San Salvatore in Lauro, Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova) and San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, will offer  constant presence of priests for confessions in different languages , moments of Eucharistic Adoration and, in specific cases, also meditations to prepare  pilgrims to cross the Holy Door with the real spirit of conversion. The three churches will be connected by a walkway to St. Peter.