The Vatican Press Office publishes details of Pope Francis’ commitments for the Christmas and New Year celebrations at the Vatican.
By Vatican News Editor The current Covid-19 precautionary measures have defined the times and modalities of social life during the pandemic. Pope Francis’ Christmas and New Years calendar is no exception. Therefore, the Christmas Night Mass has been anticipated at 7:30 pm Rome time and in-person participation in all Vatican Christmas and New Year ceremonies will be very limited. A statement issued by the Vatican Press Office on Thursday revealed that the ceremonies for the Christmas festivities begin with the Christmas night mass on December 24 in St. Peter’s Basilica. This will be followed by the “Urbis et Orbi” blessing on Christmas Day at noon, while on Thursday, December 31, Pope Francis will celebrate First Vespers and Te Deum in thanksgiving for last year at 5:00 p.m. St Peter’s basilica. On Friday, January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the 54th World Day of Peace, the Pope will preside at Mass in San Pedro at 10:00 am. Finally, on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Mass will be celebrated at 10 am in the Vatican Basilica. All times indicated refer to local time in Rome.
Noting that in compliance with the Covid-19 protection measures, the statement specified that only a limited number of participants will be present, and that they will be examined according to the methods used in recent months to stop the spread of the virus. Of course, all the celebrations will be broadcast live on the media and live on social media platforms. Before the festive appointments, the Pope will preside over the Mass for the 125th anniversary of the Coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Basilica of Saint Peter on Saturday, December 12. By mandate of the Pope, the Apostolic Penitentiary has extended the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence to the faithful from all over the world who participate in this Mass from home.