Saturday, December 26, 2015

About that Holy Door of 'Mercy'...

The Vatican (as of 24 December 2015) is claiming more than 400,000 pilgrims have already passed through the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica since it was opened on December 8th, 2015.

400,000 pilgrims in 16 days equals 25,000 per day. According to the Vatican's Jubilee of Mercy website, the Holy Door is open from 07:00 to 17:00.  That's 10 hours per day divided into 25,000 which means roughly 2,500 people per hour walk through the doors.  This equates to 41.66 people per minute.

Here's a recent photo we found tweeted by a respected German journalist, Armin Schwibach, of the line for the Holy Door.  Have any readers of Call Me Jorge... seen any other photos of the line?

Looks like the Holy Door is less popular than Francis' general audiences!

 Francis' latest general audience on 16 December 2015.

 Another shot of 16 December 2015 general audience.

Here's the link to the Vatican's webcam of St. Peter's Square, where one can see the line for the Holy Door in this Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy.

A screen capture of St. Peter's Square webcam.


  1. Eric Gajewski, the TradcatKnight and the Great Monarch, must work for the Vatican buying fake pilgrims for the Holy Door!

  2. You just don't enter the Holy Door to gain the indulgence. There are conditions: You must go to confession 20 days prior or after you enter the door. You must make a profession of the faith [the Apostles' or Nicene creed.] You must pray for the Pope's intentions and for he himself. Only one plenary indulgence per day is permitted. It's applicable to your own special benefit or for a soul in purgatory. Not a bad deal.