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Jubilee for prisoners, canonisations among pope’s upcoming events

The last three months of the Year of Mercy include jubilee celebrations for the imprisoned and for homeless people.

Releasing a schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside, the Vatican included Holy Year Masses for prisoners on 6th November and for the homeless on 13th November.

The schedule, released at the Vatican on 6th September, also mentions his planned trips to Georgia and Azerbaijan from 30th September to 2nd October, and to Sweden from 31st October to 1st November to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

The pope will also preside over Mass with canonisations in St Peter’s Square on 16th October, World Mission Sunday. The pope will declare six men and one woman saints, including the Argentine ‘gaucho priest’, Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican boy martyred for refusing to renounce his faith during the Cristero War of the 1920s.

Also on the calendar:

— 25th September: Jubilee Mass in St Peter’s Square for catechists.
— 8th October: Jubilee Prayer Vigil in St Peter’s Square with delegations from Marian shrines around the world.
— 9th October: Jubilee Mass in St Peter’s Square in honour of Mary.
— 4th November: Memorial Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for bishops and cardinals who have died in the past year.
— 20th November: Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for the closing of the Holy Year of Mercy.

Picture: Guantanamo Naval Sation, Cuba, is seen in this 2006 file photo. The last three months of the Year of Mercy include jubilee celebrations for the imprisoned and for homeless people. (CNS photo/John Riley, EPA).