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Cardinal Cantalamessa’s 2020 Advent Meditations to Take Place in Vatican’s Paul VI Hall

Pope Francis to Be Present, More from Vatican Will Be Safely Accommodated in Larger Space

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As the world grapples with the ongoing health emergency caused by COVID 19, the Vatican’s meditations for Advent, given by the Papal Household Preacher, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., will take place in Paul VI Hall in order to keep the appropriate distance between the participants.

This was announced in a Dec. 1 note from the Prefecture of the Papal Household distributed to accredited journalists through the Holy See Press Office.

Taking place in the presence of Pope Francis, the medications’ theme this year is “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

The Advent sermons will take place at 9 am on the following Fridays: Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18.

Invited are cardinals, archbishops, bishops and prelates of the ‘papal family,’ employees of the Roman Curia and of the Vicariate of Rome, superiors general or procurators of the religious orders that are part of the Pontifical Chapel.

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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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