Christ the King Cathedral's Holy Door

A Holy Door traditionally refers to an entrance portal located located within the Papal major Basilicas in Rome. The doors are normally sealed by mortar and cement from the inside so that they cannot be opened. They are ceremoniously opened during Jubilee years designated by the Pope, for pilgrims who enter through those doors may piously gain the plenary indulgences attached with the Jubilee year celebrations.

In October 2015, Pope Francis broke with tradition in having each Roman Catholic diocese throughout the world designate one or more local Holy Doors during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, so that Catholics could gain the plenary indulgences granted during the Jubilee year without having to travel to Rome. (Wiki).

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Today, we are privileged enough to have been granted a pilgrimage and to pass through the Holy Door of Christ the King Cathedral in Tagum City before it closes  in a week. There were over a hundred of us pilgrims (teachers) from different private schools in the Diocese of Tagum. Such opportunity was initiated by the Diocese of Tagum Schools Superintendent, Rev. Fr. Tomas P. Avila, Jr. along with the other religious.

We arrived at the church at around 12 noon and at exactly 12:30, the catechesis was given. The rites was then conducted by Fr. Avila followed by an hour of confession. After which, the event was culminated with a Holy Mass presided by another Diocesan priest, Rev. Fr. G. Agudulo.

Leading the crowd in prayer, Pope Francis said: "You cannot conceive of a true Christian who is not merciful, just as you cannot conceive of God without his mercy. Mercy is the key word of the Gospel. We should not be afraid: We should allow ourselves to be embraced by the mercy of God, who waits for us and forgives everything.”

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