Vatican City, Jan 9, 2018 / 06:34 am
Earlier this week the Vatican published Pope Francis' liturgical schedule for the months of January and February, including his lineup of celebrations for the start of Lent, which this year begins Feb. 14.
With his trip to Chile and Peru taking place Jan. 15-22, the Pope's usual schedule of morning Masses at Santa Marta and his Wednesday general audience Jan. 17 will be suspended.
Following his return to Rome, Francis will celebrate Second Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls Thursday, Jan. 25. The prayer service will mark the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, as well as the 51st annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The following Sunday, Jan. 28, Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major for the Feast of the transfer of the icon of Salus Populi Romani.