The Italian cardinal, a longtime collaborator with the Catholic Sant’Egidio Community, assumed leadership of the Italian bishops’ conference in May. He has been archbishop of Bologna since 2015.
After the publication of Pope Francis’ 2021 motu proprio Traditionis custodes, Zuppi was one of the first bishops to enact the decree in his diocese, allowing the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass to continue in the parish where it had been held since 2007.
The Traditional Latin Mass pilgrimage, organized by the People of Summorum Pontificum, is in its 11th year. According to its website, it brings people “ad Petri Sedem” (“to the See of Peter”) to give “testimony of the attachment that binds numerous faithful throughout the whole world to the traditional liturgy.”
On the morning of Oct. 29, pilgrims participated in eucharistic adoration at the Basilica of San Celso and Giuliano, a parish overseen by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a society of apostolic life with an emphasis on the Traditional Latin Mass.
Participants then processed the half mile from the church to St. Peter’s Basilica, where a Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated at the Altar of the Chair by Monsignor Marco Agostini, one of the masters of ceremonies for papal liturgies.
The pilgrimage will close on Oct. 30 with a High Mass for the feast of Christ the King, which is celebrated on the last Sunday of October according to the pre-Vatican II liturgical calendar.