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Archbishop Broglio Sealed the Holy Door at the National Shrine: What Is a Holy Door?

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A member of the maintenance crew at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., places a seal on the Holy Door at the basilica after Archbishop Timothy Broglio blessed the seal and doors on Dec. 3, 2023.

The doors are sealed prior to the jubilee but are ceremoniously reopened by the Pope or a bishop around the start of the jubilee for pilgrims to walk through.