Pope to lead full slate of Holy Week, Easter liturgies
By John Thavis | Catholic News Service
The pope's Holy Week activities will begin with a procession and Mass in St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday, April 1.
As he did last year, Pope Benedict will celebrate a chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Holy Thursday and that evening will preside over the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in central
On Good Friday he will celebrate the liturgy of the Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica in the late afternoon, and then will lead a nighttime Way of the Cross at the Rome Coliseum.
On Holy Saturday, the pope will preside over the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. On Easter, April 8, he will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square and give his blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city of
Italian Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, retired archbishop of
Cardinal Biffi was said to be a strong supporter of the pope in the conclave that elected him in 2005. The cardinal is well-known in
The pope's schedule through April also includes a parish visit in
On April 15, the pope will celebrate a special Mass in St. Peter's on the eve of his 80th birthday.
Labels: Benedict XVI