Year of Consecrated Life Begins 1st Sunday of Advent

While Pope Is in Turkey, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz Will Preside at Opening Mass in Vatican Basilica

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During Pope Francis’ Nov. 28-30 apostolic visit to Turkey, there will be an inaugural Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the first Sunday of Advent to celebrate the start of the Church’s year dedicated to consecrated life.

The Vatican made the announcement this Saturday, noting that Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, will preside at the Nov. 30 Mass, in the name of the Holy Father.

During the last day of the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals in Rome this month last year, Pope Francis called for 2015 to be dedicated to consecrated life.

More recently, this January, the Vatican held a press conference to speak on details of the year’s theme. 

Cardinal Braz de Aviz, specifically, gave its three objectives: to provide help to religious at a time of crisis in the Church, to “evangelize” the vocation, and to mark two key anniversaries, namely «the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and, more specifically, the 50th anniversary of the publication of the conciliar decree on the renewal of consecrated life Perfectae caritatis.


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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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