Benedict XVI's schedule of events: May – August


The Vatican has released the calendar of liturgical events that will be presided over by Pope Benedict between the months of May – August.  The list includes Mass and procession on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi; First Vespers to open the Pauline Year; World Youth Day in Sydney; and Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption.


  • Saturday 3:  Recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m. in the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major.
  • Sunday 11:  Pentecost Sunday. Mass at 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica.
  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18:  Pastoral visit to Savona and Genoa, Italy.
  • Thursday 22:  Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Mass at 7 p.m. in the basilica of St. John Lateran, followed by a procession to the basilica of St. Mary Major for Eucharistic blessing.


  • Saturday 14 and Sunday 15:  Pastoral visit to Santa Maria di Leuca and Brindisi, Italy.
  • Saturday 28:  At 6 p.m. in the Roman basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, First Vespers for the solemn opening of the Pauline Year.
  • Sunday 29: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica. Blessing and imposition of the pallium on metropolitan archbishops.


  • Saturday 12 to Monday 21:  Apostolic trip to Australia for World Youth Day in Sydney.


  • Friday 15:  Solemnity of the Assumption, Mass at 8 a.m. in the parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova in Castelgandolfo.

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