The Vatican is inviting all Catholics to visit its newly renovated Basilica of S. Pauli on Saturday, November 13.
The basilica, which is expected to host 2,000 people, will be the first time that Pope Francis has been to the Vatican.
The Vatican has been working on the project since February, when Pope Francis visited the Vatican to attend a special mass.
The Basilica will be officially inaugurated and inaugurated in a ceremony on Saturday.
The ceremony will be followed by a public reception on Sunday.
The Basilica is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, attracting millions of pilgrims each year.
On October 14, Pope Francis said the Basilica would be an “icon of the Church”.
A total of 1,000 pilgrims have already visited the Basilia, and the new Basilica promises to add to that number.
The new basilica is expected the highest-profile church restoration in the history of the Catholic Church.
The project is the latest in a series of papal initiatives that have transformed the basilica in recent years.
It was unveiled in 2014, when the church was remodeled and opened to pilgrims, and is being overhauled to better meet the needs of modern-day pilgrims.
A number of other buildings in the basilicas new layout will also undergo major repairs.
In addition, the church is to be opened to the public on a public holiday.
Pope Francis has also been visiting the Basilicas new, larger building, the San Pietro di Santa Marta, in the Vatican city complex.
More than 100,000 Roman Catholics visit the Basilie of S.-P.
in the first year the basilique was renovated, according to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rome.
In recent years, the Pope has often spoken of the need to restore the basilicas splendour and to make it more accessible to pilgrims.
In March 2016, he said that the basilico was an “indelible part of our culture and religion”, and that the Vatican needed to create “a model of Christian architecture”.
The Pope has also recently expressed his desire to make Rome the “world’s greatest centre for ecumenical dialogue”.
It is hoped that the new basilicas design will bring this vision to fruition.
“The new architecture will be a welcome sight and will be an important part of the city of Rome,” the Vatican said in a statement.
This is the first visit by a pope to the basilics in almost 40 years, and will mark the beginning of the new era in the church’s history.
Source: The Hindu