CHICAGO (CNS) — Catholic Extension is leading a pilgrimage to Rome for the Nov. 19 consistory and the Nov. 20 close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and is inviting those who cannot be in the Eternal City in person for the historic events to follow along online.

“Digital pilgrims” can be part of the Nov. 15 to Nov. 21 pilgrimage by signing up at


Pope Francis will induct 17 new cardinals into the College of Cardinals Nov. 19, the eve of the close of the Year of Mercy. One of the new cardinals is Catholic Extension’s chancellor, Cardinal-designate Blase J. Cupich of Chicago. The next day, Nov. 20, they all are to join Pope Francis and other cardinals in celebrating the feast of Christ the King and closing the Year of Mercy.

In a news release, Catholic Extension invited those who cannot be in Rome “to follow along on a digital journey” to Rome and Assisi, Italy.

“Share in photos, videos, interviews and stories from the consistory, various sites around Rome and the closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy,” it said.

Catholic Extension has been building up the Catholic Church in U.S. “home missions” in under-resourced poor, rural and remote dioceses since its founding 111 years ago. The fundraising organization helps with church construction, provides grants for ministerial needs and seminary training, and contributes other ways in U.S. mission areas.