Rome, Italy, Jun 22, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Led by the Apostolic Nuncio for Russia, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, some 800 people celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, June 13, with a Mass at the Cathedral of Moscow followed by a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of the Russian capital.
The procession, which also included the participation of a group of children who made their First Communion and who covered the ground in rose petals ahead of the Blessed Sacrament, took place for the sixth year in a row with the permission of local authorities.
The Fides news agency, quoting the Catholic magazine “Svet Evangelia,” the Mass at the Cathedral was concelebrated by the Archbishop of Moscow, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, together with 8 other bishops and priests.
This year, Russian Catholics take part in a procession with the Blessed Sacrament each first Sunday at their parishes.