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Jubilee (Catholic)
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1. Definition and origins

In the Catholic Church, holy years or jubilee years are celebrations solemnly observed at long intervals, associated with general indulgences obtained apart from the sacrament of penance.

After its capture by the Mamluks in 1244, Jerusalem was inaccessible; the hordes of pilgrims therefore had to be redirected to Rome and new Crusades inspired (see Pilgrimage). For pastoral and political reasons, in February of 1300 Pope Bonif…

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Dohrn-van Rossum, Gerhard, “Jubilee (Catholic)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020798>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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