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Pope Francis to Lead Corpus Christi Procession in Rome

Will Celebrate Mass at Basilica of St. John Lateran

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On Thursday, May 26, Pope Francis will preside over the Eucharistic celebration for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in the courtyard of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
The Holy Father confirmed this at the end of today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Sauare.
At the end of tomorrow’s Mass, the Pope 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.

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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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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