The Jacobean Holy Year – Ano Xacobeo, in Latin – will start on the 9th of January 2021, opening doors to hope and faith. As the seal is placed on the door of the Cathedral of San Zeno in Pistoia, a path of reflection and anticipation for the start of the extraordinary jubilee, finally begins. On the 9th of January 2021, the opening of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of San Zeno in Pistoia will officially start the Jacobean Holy Year, an event that will continue throughout 2021 – a religious and spiritual year that will offer opportunities for encounter and reflection, thanks to the rich calendar of cultural events.
Pistoia and Santiago de Compostela are cities of walkers and pilgrims, which, united by the cult of St. James, will celebrate the Jacobean Holy Year in 2021. The Italian “Minor Santiago” – Pistoia.
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain houses the body of St. James, while in the Cathedral of Pistoia, the only relic of the St. James for this reason Pistoia is called the “Minor Santiago”.
The Pope has granted to celebrate this recurrence according to the celebrations of Compostela and granting to the Bishop of Pistoia to carry out the Papal blessing with plenary indulgence on one day of this year.
The Holy Door will be opened both in Santiago de Compostela and in Pistoia.
For the beginning of the Jacobean Holy Year, a working group has been established to promote several events and activities of which Homo Viator – San Teobaldo Foundation is the main coordinator,in collaboration with the Regions, the Bishops, the Municipalities of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, and the City and the Diocese of Pistoia.
This is the perfect year to rediscover the memories of St. James along the entire Romea Strata: churches, chapels, oratories, artistic representations, historical/archaeological sites, toponymy, etc.