BEAUMONT - The Holy Year of Mercy coming to an end for catholics all over the world and even here in Beaumont. A year ago, Pope Francis called for the Jubilee year of Mercy symbolizing the gift of mercy for pilgrims.
Which is why the Holy Year Door made its way to St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica. "The door does not mean you stop being merciful. Going through the door means we are leaving behind our sins and we are promising to be merciful." said Bishop Curtis Guillory with the Diocese of Beaumont.
Pope Francis asked that Diocese and churches around the world establish their own holy doors for pilgrims to pass through.
For catholic youth group leader, Yazmine Mani, this was the first time she saw the holy year door formally close.
"I'm happy to be here today and blessed because I do not think I'll get a chance to do so again." said Mani.
Alondra Ceja drove from Port Arthur to Beaumont with her boyfriend for the special mass. Something the two will never forget.
"Being a part of this big celebration meant a lot to me." Ceja told 1News.
Bishop Guillory sealed the door with a holy brick from the Vatican and was one that St. John Paul II sealed in the Holy Door of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in Rome at the end of the jubilee in 2000.
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