Pope to Lead Corpus Christi Procession in Rome

Will Celebrate Mass at Basilica of St. John Lateran

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On Thursday, June 19, Pope Francis will preside over the Eucharistic celebration for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in the courtyard of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

At the end of the Mass, he will lead the traditional procession that will take place to the nearby Basilica of Saint Mary Major, from where the Pontiff will impart the solemn Eucharistic Blessing.

All faithful interested in attending the Papal Mass, and partaking in the procession which follows, are welcome to attend. Tickets are not needed, as faithful will have free access to the square to take part in the celebration.

Tradition involves candle-carrying faithful taking part in the procession, thereby illuminating an otherwise dark Via Merulana, the arterial street leading from the archbasilica of St. John Lateran to the Marian Basilica of St. Mary Major. 

The festivities of the evening will conclude in front of Saint Mary Major, with the Pope’s benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. (D.C.L.)

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