Pope a non-starter for Holy Week
The Vatican's Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced a schedule of liturgical events for Holy Week that does not include the Pope himself.
Catholic News Agency reports that while it is hoped that the Holy Father will be back in the Vatican in time for Holy Week, tvarious cardinals will preside at the liturgies.
Cardinal Ruini will preside at the Palm Sunday event on 20 March. On Holy Thursday, Cardinal Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, will preside at the concelebration of the Chrism Mass and blessing of the holy oils.
The Easter Triduum of the Lord's Passion and Resurrection will begin in St. Peter's Basilica at 5:30 p.m. local time on Holy Thursday, with the Mass of Our Lord's Last Supper. Cardinals, bishops and priests are invited to concelebrate Mass, which will be presided by Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
On Good Friday, Cardinal James Francis Stafford, major penitentiary, will preside at the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord.
The Easter Vigil will be presided over by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and will begin with the blessing of the new fire in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica.
And on Easter Sunday, Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square.
After the celebration, at midday, the Holy Father will impart the "Urbi et Orbi" ("to the city and the world") blessing.
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9 Mar 2005