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Jubilee News

Pope's Jubilee year off to a sluggish start

Vatican City - Pope Francis's Jubilee Year of Mercy has got off to a sluggish start, to the disappointment of Rome's hoteliers, restaurateurs and souvenir sellers.

Pope opens 'Holy Door' to society's outsiders in Jubilee year

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday opened a symbolic "Holy Door" for those excluded from society, at the start of a special Jubilee year for the Roman Catholic church.

Italy police swoop on 'papal blessing' swindlers

Rome - Italian police have confiscated 3,500 fake "papal benedictions" worth 70,000 euros ($77,000) in a blitz on counterfeit goods which saw one million objects seized in a week, the interior ministry said Monday.

From Iraq village to Rome prison, Holy Doors swing open for Catholic Jubilee

Vatican City - From a village church in Iraq to a prison in Rome, "Holy Doors" have been opened around the world at the start of the Vatican's Jubilee year, offering Catholics forgiveness for their sins.

Pope kicks off special Jubilee year of mercy

Vatican City - Uttering a centuries-old command, Pope Francis on Tuesday opened a "Holy Door" of St Peter's basilica to kick off an extraordinary Jubilee year, while urging his Church to reach out to the modern world."This is the door of the Lord.

Pope Francis opens the door to Catholic Jubilee

Vatican City - Tens of thousands of Catholic pilgrims assembled in Rome Tuesday to watch Pope Francis open a "Holy Door" in the walls of St Peter's basilica at the start of an extraordinary Jubilee year.After a mass on St Peter's square, the leader of the world's 1.

Pope's Jubilee year on theme of mercy to begin Tuesday

Vatican City - Pope Francis will this week launch an "extraordinary" Roman Catholic Jubilee on the theme of mercy during which priests will be allowed to absolve women who have had abortions.

Pope declares jubilee in powerful reform signal

- Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his election by declaring a jubilee year that will be interpreted as a powerful signal of his commitment to reforming the Church.

Photo essay: UK celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee Special

Haslemere - Thousands of street parties and parades are being held across Britain over the four-day weekend to celebrate 60 year's of the Queen's reign.

Largest horse in the UK training to take part in Queen's Jubilee

Digger, a Clydesdale who had been cared for by a charity and believed to be the largest horse in the UK, is now training to become a drum horse with the Household Cavalry, and it is hoped he will be able to participate in the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

Young entrepreneurs count gains on Nigeria's golden jubilee Special

Young entrepreneurs in the Nigerian commercial capital of Lagos were full of smiles as they recorded huge profits as Africa's most populous country celebrated her independence from Britain 50 years ago.
 

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Many union flags were seen at the parade
Many union flags were seen at the parade
Suffering for her art? Artist Lydia Leith covered in temporary tattoos. “I want to get a photo of ...
Suffering for her art? Artist Lydia Leith covered in temporary tattoos. “I want to get a photo of me wearing the Queen tattoos but I only have the one of me wearing the sports tattoos at the moment,” she says.
Photo: Lydia Leith
Hundreds of miles of bunting were sold in the run-up to Her Majesty s Diamond Jubilee
Hundreds of miles of bunting were sold in the run-up to Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee
A selection of Lydia Leith’s jubilee products
A selection of Lydia Leith’s jubilee products
Photo: Lydia Leith
A jubilee Union Jack flag flies in West Wittering  Sussex
A jubilee Union Jack flag flies in West Wittering, Sussex
Students from a nearby school take part in the parade  dressed as playing cards from the suit of dia...
Students from a nearby school take part in the parade, dressed as playing cards from the suit of diamonds, on the theme of the Diamond Jubilee
Her Majesty s doppelgänger put in an appearance at the parade. Thousands of royal family masks were...
Her Majesty's doppelgänger put in an appearance at the parade. Thousands of royal family masks were sold over the Jubilee weekend