We begin in Rome today where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly General Audience. Continuing his catechesis on Christian hope the Pope told the pilgrims that our Christian hope is grounded in God’s eternal love”
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For Holy Thursday this year, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at a prison for ex-mafia members who are cooperating with officials in exchange for reduced sentences. The Vatican announced last week that the Pope will travel to Paliano prison tomorrow for a private visit, to celebrate Mass and to wash the feet of inmates, commemorating, Jesus’ Last Supper before His Crucifixion. The Pope began the tradition of travelling to a prison for the Last Supper Mass in March 2013, where he traveled to a youth detention center. On that occasion he included for the first time, women and Muslims among the inmates whose feet he washed, in memory of Jesus’ gesture of humility and service. Now given the security concerns for the inmates, the Vatican said that the Mass at this prison will be strictly private.
Now despite the recent terrorist attacks against Egypt's Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, told CNS that The pope's trip to Egypt will proceed as scheduled where He'll meet with governmental and interfaith leaders during this historic visit to Cairo later this month."Egyptians are looking forward to the Pope’s visit, although the atmosphere at present is heavy," said the spokesman for the Egyptian bishops on Monday."The pope's mission is to be beside his brothers at the time of difficulty. Now is the real time that he can bring peace and hope to the Egyptian people as a whole.”
The Vatican also announced yesterday that an "ordinary consistory," has been called and will take place April 20, just three weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Fatima. During this Consistory, the Pope and Cardinals, will formally approve the canonizations of two of the children who saw Mary in Fatima in 1917, as well as a group of Brazilian martyrs, three child martyrs from Mexico and two priests. And while it cannot be confirmed until the consistory is held, it is expected that the Pope will canonize, Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta Marto, during his visit to Fatima in May, at the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition.
And of course, we’ll bring you more on this story as details become available.
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