Loading
Canonization Mass may draw 1,000 bishop concelebrants
Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Pope's Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013. Credit Elise Harris/CNA.
Pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Pope's Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013. Credit Elise Harris/CNA.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said that as many as 150 cardinals and 1,000 bishops will concelebrate the April 27 canonization Mass for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

The concelebrants at the altar will include Vicar General of Rome Cardinal Agostino Vallini, former John Paul II aide Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, and Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo, Vatican Radio reports.

Fr. Lombardi told an April 24 press conference that Mass attendees will include more than 93 official delegations from countries and international organizations, plus 24 heads of state. Representatives of other major religions, including Orthodox Christian, Anglican, Jewish and Muslim officials, will attend.

Celebrations of the canonizations include a series of April 26 prayer vigils held in at least 11 churches around Rome.

The Canonization Mass itself will be held in St. Peter’s Square on the morning of April 27 at 10 a.m. Rome time. A recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will begin at 9 a.m., while choirs from Karkow, Rome and the Sistine Chapel will perform at 9:30 a.m.

The canonization is expected to draw millions to Rome.

The Holy See Press Office director said that the prayer vigils will be attended by official delegations from more than 90 countries, with 24 heads of state or royalty.

Fr. Lombardi also noted that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was of course invited to attend the Canonization Mass and would be “very welcome.” However, he added, “we will have to wait and see.”

Benedict XVI resigned the papacy in February 2013 due to his advanced age and deteriorating strength.

Tags: Canonizations, John XXIII, John Paul II

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
22

Liturgical Calendar

October 22, 2014

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Gospel
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 3: 2-12
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48
Gospel:: Lk 12: 39-48

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:39-48

Homily
Date
10/22/14
10/21/14
10/20/14