Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Pope's Schedule In Coming Days

From Catholic World News

Dec. 15: The Pope will greet the students and teachers of Rome in the Vatican basilica, at the conclusion of a Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for the Rome diocese.

Dec. 16: He will make a similar appearance after Mass to greet Italian soldiers.

Dec. 18: the Pope will make the first visit of his pontificate to a parish in Rome, traveling to Santa Maria Consolatrice, which was once his titular parish, in the Casalbertone section. He will celebrate Mass there in the morning, returning at midday for the Angelus audience in St. Peter's Square.

Dec. 22: He will hold a reception for the leaders of the Roman Curia, to exchange Christmas greetings.

Dec. 24: On Christmas Eve the Pope will preside at midnight Mass in the Vatican basilica.

Dec. 25: At noon, he will deliver his Urbi et Orbi blessing, with his Christmas message to the world, from the loggia of the basilica.

Dec 26: the feast of St. Stephen, the Pope will hold another Angelus audience.

Dec. 28: he will make his usual weekly public audience on Wednesday.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve, the Pope will lead the singing of the Te Deum, in the Vatican basilica, in thanksgiving for the blessings of the passing year.

Jan. 1: he will celebrate Mass for the feast of Mary, Mother of God. He will also formally deliver his message for the World Day of Peace, with all members of the Vatican diplomatic corps invited to attend.

The pontifical household still has not announced whether Pope Benedict will continue with two traditions for the beginning of the new year: ordaining new bishops on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany; and baptizing babies on January 8, the feast of the Baptism of Christ. (The former ceremony is traditionally held in St. Peter's Basilica, while the latter is in the Sistine Chapel.)

However it has been confirmed that the Pope will his annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, giving his rundown on the most important questions on the international scene, on January 9.


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