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Pope to Celebrate Special Mass on Wednesday to Commemorate 2013 Visit to Lampedusa

Given Health Situation, Only Vatican’s Migrants & Refugees Section Will participate

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Pope Francis is going to commemorate his 2013 visit to Lampedusa in a special way this year.

In a declaration from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, today, July 6, 2020, the Pontiff will celebrate a Mass this Wednesday in his private chapel at his residence Casa Santa Marta.

“On Wednesday 8 July 2020, at 11.00 a.m., on the anniversary of his visit to Lampedusa in 2013,” the statement began, “Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel.”

“Given the health situation, only the staff of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Department for Promoting Integral Human Development will participate in the Mass,” it concluded.

Details were not given on whether the Mass could be followed via streaming, but if it will be possible, one can watch the Mass in its entirety on ZENIT’s Facebook page.


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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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