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Holy Year

n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a period of remission from sin, esp one granted every 25 years
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Ho′ly Year`



n.
a Roman Catholic jubilee year.
[1920–25]
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Noun1.Holy Year - (Roman Catholic Church) a period of remission from sin (usually granted every 25 years)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
twelvemonth, year, yr - a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days; "she is 4 years old"; "in the year 1920"
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"Most other holy years, most Catholics in the pews had no idea that there was even a holy year going on," he said.
Holy Years normally take place every 25 years unless a pope decrees an extraordinary one to bring attention to a particular need or topic, such as this one on the theme of mercy.
Holy Years allow the faithful to receive special indulgences, ways to repair the damage of sin beyond the absolution granted by going to confession.
Adopting the motto "Pax Christi in Regno Christi," the pope proclaimed 1925, 1929, and 1933 Holy Years. His lively concern for missions, and his bent for speedy execution, became evident when he gave orders that a missions exhibit, featuring a missions library, be organized in the Vatican for the 1925 Holy Years.(6) He selected a splendid location for the exhibit, the great courtyard of the Pigna, adjacent to the new wing of the museums.
Granting of special indulgences for the remission of sins during Catholic holy years is a traditional practice, but in the past it normally required a visit to one or more of the papal basilicas in Rome.
The main celebrations in the city at the end of this century and the beginning of the twenty first will be dedicated to the Christian holy year: the Jubilee.