Fisichella said that every time a Jubilee Year occurs, Rome is beautified, violence is down, and life is “improved,” adding that “we are trying to achieve that again this time.”
“The works will give people a perspective of beauty that can only assist their sense of contemplation. The Jubilee is first and foremost a spiritual event that we want everyone to experience, and the passage through the Holy Door, taking place in a context of surrounding beauty that assists contemplation, can only be something very positive,” he added.
Eugenio Patané, the city’s assessor for public mobility of Rome City Council, said that the new “pedestrian precinct” will ensure safety from traffic while allowing vehicles to be unimpeded.
A papal bull proclaiming the Jubilee Year and containing celebration guidelines, which is given the theme “Pilgrims of Hope,” is expected to be published on March 25, 2024.
In Pope Francis’ 2022 letter on the upcoming Jubilee Year, he wrote: “We must fan the flame of hope that has been given us and help everyone to gain new strength and certainty by looking to the future with an open spirit, a trusting heart, and far-sighted vision.”
“The forthcoming Jubilee can contribute greatly to restoring a climate of hope and trust as a prelude to the renewal and rebirth that we so urgently desire; that is why I have chosen as the motto of the Jubilee ‘Pilgrims of Hope,’” he said.