The Loreto Jubilee began formally on Sunday 8 December 8 with the rite of Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of the Holy House, presided over by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.
The Italian airline Alitalia will fly a statue of Our Lady of Loreto to 20 civilian airports throughout the country during the Jubilee year; the statue will stay in the airport chapels for a two-week period of veneration. Alitalia also has promised to fly another copy of the statue internationally, beginning with the pope’s hometown, Buenos Aires.
In addition to the Jubilee, Pope Francis has decreed that the optional memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on 10 December, the day on which the feast falls in Loreto, and celebrated every year.
According to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, “This celebration will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of that perfect disciple of the Gospel, the Virgin Mother, who, in conceiving the Head of the Church also accepted us as her own.”