This is news that will excite walkers who want to visit the highest place of Christian pilgrimage but are limited financially. Since January 1, 2024, the Pious Establishments of France in Rome and Loreto have launched a support fund for French and French-speaking pilgrims wishing to go to Rome in 2024.
Dependent on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the private law foundation manages the five French churches in Rome. Its communities are also responsible for welcoming French-speaking pilgrims to the Eternal City. “Through this financial aid, the institution wanted to reconnect with its DNA: to help and welcome pilgrims,” explains Father Renaud Escande, administrator of the Pious Establishments of France in Rome and Loreto. It is also a way of contributing “to the influence of France in Rome”.
On the way to the Jubilee of 2025!
Father Renaud Escande already hopes to renew this aid for the year 2025. A fund that he hopes will be even larger to mark the jubilee year.
Indeed, Pope Francis announced the holding of an ordinary jubilee in 2025, in Rome, the theme of which will be “Pilgrims of Hope”. It should attract around 30 million people, including 800,000 French people. A tradition which will all the more encourage pilgrims coming to meditate at the tombs of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and to cross the holy door of Saint Peter’s basilica according to the Jubilee tradition, closed in “ordinary times”.