In 2016, the fifth pilgrimage of the people of Summorum Pontificum at the Apostle’s tomb will coincide with the closing of the Holy Year of Mercy that our Holy Father Francis decreed.
Today, on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2015, the CISP gladly announces to all the pilgrims that Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland has already accepted the invitation to join them, to guide them throughout this pilgrimage, and to cross the threshold of the Holy Door with them.
The CISP thanks His Excellency for his availability and assures him of its fervent prayers as well as of those of the pilgrims for his apostolate and the faithful of Portland.
The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.
POPE FRANCIS, bull Misericordiae Vultus