Catholics asked to study Vatican II before Holy Year

The logo for Holy Year 2025 was unveiled yesterday (CNS/Vatican Media)

Before celebrating the Holy Year 2025, Pope Francis is asking Catholics around the world to dedicate time in 2023 to study the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Source: Crux.

Presenting the official logo for the Holy Year yesterday, Archbishop Rino Fisichella also announced the Pope’s plan for helping Catholics prepare for the celebration: focusing on the four constitutions issued by Vatican II in 2023; and focusing on prayer in 2024.

The four Vatican II constitutions are: Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium); Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium); Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum); and Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes).

Archbishop Fisichella, appointed by Pope Francis to coordinate the planning of the Holy Year, said, “A series of user-friendly resources, written in appealing language, are being produced to arouse curiosity in those who have no memory” of the council, which was held 1962-65.

Details about the 2024 year of prayer and spiritual preparation for the jubilee are still being worked out, the archbishop said.

The Vatican already had announced that Pope Francis chose “Pilgrims of Hope” as the theme for the Holy Year.

Held every 25 years since 1470, a holy year, or jubilee, is a time of pilgrimage, prayer, repentance and acts of mercy, based on the Old Testament tradition of a jubilee year of rest, forgiveness and renewal.

In February, the Vatican announced a worldwide competition to design the logo for the Holy Year, and Archbishop Fisichella unveiled it yesterday during a conference in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace.


Pope asks Catholics to study Vatican II before Holy Year 2025 (By Cindy Wooden, CNS via Crux

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