The Vatican released Pope Francis’ liturgical schedule for March and April, including Holy Week and Easter.
The schedule includes a special Mass on 8th April with priests who served as ‘missionaries of mercy’ during the Holy Year of Mercy 2015-2016. More than 1,000 priests received a special mandate from Pope Francis to preach and teach about God’s mercy and be a living sign of God’s welcome to all those in search of his forgiveness during the holy year. The pope has invited the priests back to Rome from 8th to 11th April for moments of sharing and formation.
As usual, the Vatican schedule does not say where the pope will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper; normally the location is announced closer to the celebration. Since the start of his pontificate, Pope Francis has celebrated the Holy Thursday Mass and foot-washing ritual with people who are often marginalised, such as prisoners, refugees, the elderly and disabled.
Picture: Pope Francis greets the crowd during his Easter message and blessing ‘urbi et orbi’ (to the city and the world) delivered from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 27th March 2016. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, handout).