Pope announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

March 13, 2015 6:54 PM

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Pope announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.

During the last Holy Year - or Jubilee - in 2000, millions of pilgrims came to Rome to take part in religious festivities throughout the year.

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