Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pope John Paul II Remembrance Mass 29 March, Full Holy Week Schedule

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VATICAN CITY, 23 MAR 2010 (VIS) - At 6 p.m. on Monday 29 March, the Monday of Holy Week, Benedict XVI will preside at a celebration of the Eucharist in the Vatican Basilica to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (2 April 2005)

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 23, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will preside next week at a Mass marking the fifth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

The Mass will be held March 29 instead of the actual date of the Pope's death, the Vatican reported, because April 2 falls on Good Friday.

During the prayers of the faithful, this petition will be offered in Polish: "For the Venerable Pope John Paul II, who served the Church to the limit of his strength: So that from heaven he intercedes to spread the hope that is realized by fully participating in the glory of the resurrection."

In German, a petition will be offered for Benedict XVI, "so that he follows in the steps of Peter, carrying out his ministry with docile and firm perseverance to sustain the faithful."

A petition in Spanish will pray for "those here united to remember Pope John Paul II: So that we know to love and serve the Church as he loved and served, giving testimony in the faith of God and offering his love to all."

Papal Schedule for Holy Week:

World Youth Day - St. Peter’s Square
Thursday March 25, 2:00pm ET (In Italian), 8:00pm ET (In English)

Pope Benedict XVI gathers with the youth of Rome to hear their stories, answer their questions, lead a meditation, and encourage them on their Christian journey. This year the Holy Father also helps the young people of Rome prepare for the international World Youth Day gathering that will happen in Madrid in 2011. Salt + Light brings you full coverage.

Palm Sunday and the Passion of the Lord - St. Peter’s Square
Sunday March 28, 3:30am ET, 12:30am PT

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Palm Sunday liturgy with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. The liturgy includes a procession recalling Jesus’ arrival into Jerusalem and the blessing of the palms.

Mass in memory of John Paul II – St. Peter’s Square
Monday March 29, 12:00pm ET, 9:00am PT

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass marking the fifth anniversary of the death of John Paul II. The late Pope John Paul II died April 2, 2005 at the age of 84. Because this year April 2 is Good Friday the Holy See has anticipated the Mass of Suffrage.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper - Basilica of St. John Lateran
Thursday April 1, 11:30am ET 8:30am PT

Pope Benedict XVI goes to the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran to begin the Easter Triduum by celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the traditional washing of the feet.

Good Friday-Celebration of the Lord's Passion- St. Peter's Basilica
Friday April 2, 11:00 am ET

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Good Friday service commemorating the Christ's passion and death.

Good Friday Way of the Cross – Roman Coliseum
Friday April 2, 3:15 pm ET 12:15pm PT

A Roman Good Friday tradition, the Holy Father presides over the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross at the Roman Coliseum. Join with the faithful of Rome in following the Holy Father on the solemn Way of the Cross.

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil - St. Peter’s Basilica
Saturday April 3 , 3:00pm ET

Pope Benedict XVI presides over the Easter Vigil celebrating the resurrection of the Lord. During the mass the Holy Father will also administer the sacraments of initiation to those who are being received into the church.

Easter Sunday – St. Peter’s Square
Sunday April 4
Mass at 4:15 am ET 1:15am PT
Urbi et Orbi Blessing 6:00am ET 3:00am PT

Conclave Expected for Later This Year:

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 23, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Two cardinals turned 80 last week, bringing the total number of cardinals eligible to vote in a possible conclave to 109.

Cardinal Adam Joseph Maida, the retired archbishop of Detroit, turned 80 on March 18, and New Zealand's Cardinal Thomas Stafford Williams, the retired archbishop of Wellington, turned 80 on Saturday.

The College of Cardinals is currently made up of 182 members, with 73 of them being 80 years old or older, and thus ineligible to vote in a conclave.

By the end of the month, the College of Cardinals will have only 108 electors, and 74 non-electors.

Spanish Cardinal Julián Herranz will celebrate his 80th birthday on March 31. Cardinal Herranz is the retired president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

The next consistory of cardinals, which is expected to take place this fall, could allow for the creation of some 27 new cardinals. That number would increase the number of cardinals beyond the maximum of 120, but would also take into account 16 other forthcoming birthdays.

Seven more cardinals will turn 80 this year: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in July; Cardinal Paul Poupard in August; Cardinals Salvatore De Giorgi, Ignace Moussa I Daoud, and Michele Giordano in September; Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi in October; and Cardinal Janis Pujats in November.

In 2011, nine more cardinals will be 80: Cardinal Bernard Louis Panafieu in January; Cardinals Ricardo Jamin Vidal, Agustín García-Gasco y Vicente, and Camillo Ruini in February; Cardinal William Keeler in March; Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani in April; Cardinals Bernard Law and Adrianus Johannes Simonis in November; and Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk in December.

NEW-EWTN News Service:

Pope Benedict will celebrate a Mass on Monday, March 29, marking the fifth anniversary of the death of Venerable John Paul II. The late Pope's death, at the age of 84, occurred on April 2, 2005 after battling Parkinson's disease.

Just over one month after John Paul II's death, his cause for beatification was formally opened. The near immediate initiation of his cause was made possible by Pope Benedict XVI waiving the five-year waiting period the Church law normally requires before beginning the sainthood process.

In April 2007, the diocesan phase of the cause of beatification was concluded, as all of the testimony on the life of the late Pontiff had been gathered together. Then, last December, Benedict XVI signed a decree recognizing JPII's life of heroic virtue, giving him the title, “Venerable.”

Last month, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II’s personal secretary for 40 years, told participants at a Colombian conference that the late-Pope's beatification process “is practically finished.”

“In order for the beatification to take place,” he added, “it is important that the Church recognizes a miracle in which he has interceded. There is a case that is currently being investigated and it is of the miraculous healing of a French nun suffering from Parkinson’s.”

The date of Pope John Paul II's beatification is not yet determined.

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