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Announcement: Pope to Celebrate a Mass for Migrants in St. Peter’s Basilica

On Fifth Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Visit to Lampedusa on July 8, 2013

Despite technically being on ‘summer break,’ Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass for Migrants, at the Altar of the Chair, in St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m, announced Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, in a statement this morning.

The Mass coincides with the fifth anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis to Lampedusa on July 8, 2013.

According to the statement, the Mass will be a time of prayer for the dead, for the survivors and for those who assist them. Approximately 200 people are expected, including refugees and caregivers.

While always free, participation is reserved for those with tickets.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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