The Jubilee Bell

The official Jubilee Bell 2025, made by Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli, weighs 200 kilograms, has a circumference of 2 Mt. and responds to the musical note RE.

It reproduces the logo of Jubilee 2025 with the motto PEREGRINANTES IN SPEM (Pilgrims in Hope) and depicts four stylized figures to indicate humanity from the four corners of the earth, one clasped to the other and the first embraced by a cross symbolizing Christ, which is prolonged by becoming an anchor of hope.

The waves below are choppy because the pilgrimage of life does not always move in calm waters. The logo image shows how the pilgrim’s journey is communal and tends to the cross that curves toward humanity so as not to leave it alone.

In addition to the Jubilee 2025 logo, many other elements were chiseled on the bell.

  • Four stylized angels placed at the four corners of the earth holding back the four winds so that they do not blow on the earth, the sea, or any plant ( Revelation 7). Four is the number that encompasses all universality and the four corners of the earth symbolize the whole world.
  • The image of the Holy Father in the act of opening the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, which is opened only during the Jubilee and this gesture identifies the beginning of the Holy Year. The Door remains open for the entire Jubilee year, and pilgrims will be able to cross its threshold to earn the indulgence associated with the Holy Year and demonstrate that their pilgrimage has finally come to an encounter with Christ and that the Door is always open for all people of good will.
  • Finally, the coat of arms of Vatican City (the Keys delivered by Christ to the Apostle Peter) and the papal motto Miserando Atque Eligendo (“looked on with a feeling of love and chose him” taken from the Homilies of St. Bede the Venerable) were modeled.