Italian politician praises the Pope's 'extraordinary personality'
Pope Francis received in audience Roberto Gualtieri, the new mayor of Rome, on November 18, announced the Vatican press office.
Gualtieri shared his delight with the meeting on his Facebook account and announced that he will collaborate with the Holy See for the organization of the next Jubilee, which will be in 2025.
At the end of the meeting, the Italian politician praised the “extraordinary personality” of the bishop of his city. “His magisterium under the sign of hope, peace, and fraternity is a fundamental point of reference for all men confronted with the great challenges of our time,” he said.
Towards the Jubilee 2025
The organization of the Jubilee of 2025, announced by Pope Francis in February 2020, will be a highlight for Rome, bringing pilgrims from around the world.
Originally celebrated every 50 years, ordinary Jubilees now are held every 25 years. The last ordinary jubilee was that of the year 2000, under Pope John Paul II.
In addition, there are extraordinary Jubilees, the most recent being that of the Year of Mercy in 2016, called by Pope Francis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican Council II.
Gualtieri said he was delighted with “the years of great collaboration with the Holy See” in view of the Jubilee of 2025. Quoting the same speech by Pope Francis delivered on February 3, 2020, he also indicated that he wanted to work with the Vatican to “support the smallest and the weakest.”