Vatican City, May 12, 2020 / 09:55 am America/Denver (CNA).
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, Pope Francis will offer his morning Mass at the Polish pope’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, according to the Vatican.
May 18 is also the first day public Masses may resume throughout Italy.
“In memory of the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II, the Holy Father will celebrate the morning Mass live at 7:00 am in the chapel of the saint’s tomb in the Vatican Basilica,” Matteo Bruni, Holy See press office director, told journalists.
Bruni also stated that with the resumption of public Mass in Italy, and in many parts of the world, it will also be the final day that Pope Francis’ morning Mass will be livestreamed.
“The pope hopes that the People of God will thus be able to return to community familiarity with the Lord in the sacraments, participating in the Sunday liturgy, and resuming, also in churches, the daily attendance of the Lord and his Word,” the Vatican spokesman said.