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Pope's Advent Schedule

November 16, 2012
The Vatican has released Pope Benedict XVI's schedule for Advent and Christmas. He will preside over nine services between the beginning of Advent and the Epiphany. He will:
-- Lead an evening prayer service with Rome university students in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1.
-- Pay homage to Mary on the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8 with an afternoon visit to a statue of Mary erected near the Spanish Steps.
-- Celebrate a morning Mass at a Rome parish Dec. 16.
-- Celebrate Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, beginning at 10 p.m. Rome time.
-- Give a message and the traditional blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city of Rome and to the world) from the central balcony of the basilica at noon Dec. 25.
-- Preside over evening prayer in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 29 with young people attending a European gathering sponsored by the Taize community.
-- Preside over evening prayer and offer a prayer of thanks for the past year at a 5 p.m. service in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 31.
-- Preside over Mass at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 1 in St. Peter's Basilica for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace.
-- Celebrate Mass for the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in St. Peter's Basilica.
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With files from CNS
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