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 From the Vatican: PROGRAM OF POPE'S TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "PROGRAMME OF POPE'S TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES



VATICAN CITY, 17 MAR 2008 (VIS) - Th Holy See Press Office today published the programme of Benedict XVI's forthcoming apostolic trip to the United States of America, including his visit to the headquarters of the United Nations, due to take place from 15 to 21 April.



The Pope will depart from Rome's Fiumicino airport at midday on Tuesday 15 April and land at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington at 4 p.m. local time, where he will be greeted by U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife.



The welcome ceremony will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday 16 April, after which the Pope will make a courtesy visit to the U.S. president at the White House. That afternoon he will preside at the celebration of Vespers and hold a meeting with U.S. bishops at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.



Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. on Thursday 17 April in the Nationals Stadium in Washington. At 5 p.m. on the same day he will participate in a meeting with representatives from Catholic universities at the Catholic University of America, also in Washington, then meet with representatives of other religions in the city's Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre.



On the morning of Friday 18 April, the Holy Father will travel from Washington to New York where, at 10.45 a.m., he is scheduled to address the General Assembly of the United Nations. That evening he is due to participate in an ecumenical meeting at the church of St. Joseph in New York.



At 9.15 a.m. on Saturday, 19 April, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass with priests and religious in St. Patrick's Cathedral. He will then lunch with bishops of the archdiocese of New York and, at 4.30 p.m., preside at a meeting with young people and seminarians at the seminary of St. Joseph.



On Sunday 20 April, Benedict XVI is to visit "Ground zero" where he will pray for the victims of the attacks of 11 September 2001. At 2.30 p.m. he will celebrate Mass at New York's Yankee Stadium.



The departure ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on the same day, at New York's John Fitzgerald Kennedy international airport. The papal plane is due to land at the Roman airport of Ciampino at 10.45 a.m. local time on Monday 21 April.

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 From the Vatican: Draw Close to God This Advent, Urges Pope

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "Draw Close to God This Advent, Urges Pope
Reflects on St. Chromatius, Bishop of Aquileia

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 5, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Advent is a time to be in close contact with God, the one who knows and loves mankind, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope said this today in Paul VI Hall, addressing those gathered to participate in the general audience. He dedicated his catechesis to the figure of St. Chromatius, bishop of Aquileia.

"St. Chromatius reminds us that Advent is a time of prayer," said the Holy Father, "and that it is necessary to be in contact with God. God knows us, he knows me, he knows all of us, he loves me, he won't leave me."

Chromatius was the bishop of the northern Italian town of Aquileia, "a dynamic center of Christian life," said the Pontiff. In 381 Chromatius, then a priest and the expert assistant of Bishop Valerian of Aquileia, participated in a synod "to eliminate the last residues of Arianism in the West."

Benedict XVI continued: "Chromatius was born in Aquileia around 345. He was ordained deacon, then presbyter and finally pastor of that Church (388).

"After receiving the episcopal consecration from Bishop Ambrose, he devoted himself to a task that was challenging due to the vastness of the territory entrusted to his pastoral care: Aquileia's ecclesiastical jurisdiction extended in fact from the present territories of Switzerland, Bavaria, Austria and Slovenia, up to the borders of Hungary."

The Pontiff said the bishop most likely "died in exile, in Grado, while attempting to escape from the raids of the barbarians in 407."

The Holy Father indicated that of St. Chromatius' works, more than 40 sermons and over 60 commentaries on the Gospel of St. Matthew survive.

"He was wise master and a zealous pastor," said the Pope. "In his teaching he always began from the word of God and returned to the word of God."

Benedict XVI pointed out that several themes he particularly focused on included the Trinity, the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.

The Pope pointed out how the saint described Mary in various ways such as "the evangelical virgin capable of accepting God," and compared her to the Church, saying both are "virgins and mothers."

The Holy Father then explained that "Chromatius' ecclesiology is developed above all in his commentary on Matthew," where he writes that "The Church is unique; it was born from the blood of Christ."

Chromatius "knew how to speak to his people with fresh, colorful and sharp language," said the Pontiff. "Like a good Shepherd, in a tumultuous time like his own, where barbarian raids threatened the world, he stayed at the side of the faithful to comfort them and to open their souls to God, who never abandons his children."


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 From the Vatican: PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF LOURDES

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "VATICAN CITY, DEC 5, 2007 (VIS) - According to a decree made public today and signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant the faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes.



"The forthcoming 150th anniversary of the day in which Mary Most Holy, revealing herself as the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette Soubirous, wished a shrine to be erected and venerated in the place known as 'Massabielle' in the town of Lourdes," the decree reads, "calls to mind the innumerable series of prodigies through which the supernatural life of souls and the health of bodies has drawn great advantage from the omnipotent goodness of God."



"Indeed, by venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary in the place 'upon which her feet trod,' the faithful draw nourishment from the Holy Sacraments, expressing the firm intention to lead in the future Christian lives of increasing faithfulness" and they "achieve a vivid vivid perception of the significance of the Church. ... Indeed the succession, over time, of marvelous events ... enables us to glimpse the joint operation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church: in the year 1854 the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was defined," and "in the year 1858 Mary Most Holy showed herself to ... Bernadette Soubirous using the words of the dogmatic definition: 'I am the Immaculate Conception.'



"In order to draw increased fruits of renewed sanctity from this holy anniversary," the decree adds, "the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI has decided to concede the gift of Plenary Indulgence" to the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Holy Father), in the following way:



A) "If between December 8, 2007 and December 8, 2008 they visit, preferably in the order suggested: (1) the parish baptistery used for the Baptism of Bernadette, (2) the Soubirous family home, known as the 'cachot,' (3) the Grotto of Massabielle, (4) the chapel of the hospice where Bernadette received First Communion, and on each occasion they pause for an appropriate length of time in prayer and with pious meditations, concluding with the recital of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith, ... and the jubilee prayer or other Marian invocation."



B) "If between February 2, 2008 ... and February 11, 2008, Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes and 150th anniversary of the apparition, they visit, in any church, grotto or decorous place, the blessed image of that same Virgin of Lourdes, solemnly exposed for public veneration, and before the image participate in a pious exercise of Marian devotion, or at least pause for an appropriate space of time in prayer and with pious meditations, concluding with the recital of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith, ... and the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary."



The decree concludes by recalling that faithful who "through sickness, old age or other legitimate reason are unable to leave their homes, may still obtain the Plenary Indulgence ... if, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the usual three conditions, on the days February 2 to 11, 2008, in their hearts they spiritually visit the above-mentioned places and recite those prayers, trustingly offering to God, through Mary, the sickness and discomforts of their lives."

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 From the Vatican: Events to Mark Anniversary of John Paul II's Death

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "
Code: ZE06022604

Date: 2006-02-26

Events to Mark Anniversary of John Paul II's Death

Benedict XVI to Be at Prayer Vigil and Mass

ROME, FEB. 25, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Pope John Paul II's death will be commemorated in Rome with a prayer vigil and Mass to thank God for "the gift he signified for the Church and humanity."

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome, announced in a letter addressed to all parish priests, religious superiors and faithful of the Italian capital, that Benedict XVI will be present at both events held a year after John Paul II's death.

The events, said the cardinal, will express "the intense and profound heartfelt sentiments of gratitude for our beloved Pontiff."

On Sunday, April 2, at 9 p.m. in St. Peter's Square, the rosary will be prayed to "relive the atmosphere of intense prayer that accompanied the passing of Pope John Paul II to his final encounter with the Lord." The Polish-born Pope died April 2, 2005, at 9:37 p.m. local time.

"At the conclusion of this prayer, the Holy Father Benedict XVI will greet those present from the window of his study," stated the letter.

On Monday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica, Benedict XVI will preside over a Mass to pray for the repose of the soul of his predecessor.

The liturgical celebration is being held on this day, as the date of the anniversary coincides with a Sunday in Lent.
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 From the Vatican: Pope Names 15 New Cardinals

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "http://abcnews.go.com/International/print?id=1648369

BREAKING-Pope Names 15 New Cardinals(2 Americans)

Pope Names 15 New Cardinals, His First Installment, Including Boston, Hong Kong, and Krakow
By VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals Wednesday, including John Paul II's longtime private secretary and prelates from Boston and Hong Kong, adding his first installment to the elite group of churchmen who will elect his successor.

Benedict read aloud the names during his weekly general audience and said they would be elevated during a March 24 ceremony at the Vatican.

Those chosen to receive the "red hats" that the so-called princes of the church wear include the archbishops of Caracas, Venezuela; Seoul, South Korea; Bordeaux, France; Toledo, Spain; and Manila, Philippines.

Benedict's successor at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop William Levada, also will be made a cardinal, the second American among the new names.

Twelve of the 15 men are younger than 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to select Benedict's successor.

One of the key new cardinals is Hong Kong Bishop Joseph Zen. Benedict has been reaching out to China and the elevation of Zen, who has been outspoken in the need for religious rights of Roman Catholics in China, was an indication that religious freedom is important to the pontiff.

Benedict also tapped John Paul's longtime private secretary, Krakow Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, for a red hat. In addition, he named the archbishop of Boston, Sean O'Malley, who was brought in by John Paul to clean up the archdiocese following the sex abuse scandal that forced the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law.

Benedict said the new cardinals "reflect the universality of the church: In fact, they come from various parts of the world and carry out different tasks in the service of the people of God."

The new cardinals come from 11 different countries from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Seoul Archbishop Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk said his nomination resulted from the support of Korean Catholics and the government.

"I will do my best to meet your expectations," he said at Myeongdong Cathedral in central Seoul.

Prior to Wednesday's announcement, there were 178 cardinals, 110 of whom are younger than 80 and thus eligible to participate in a conclave to elect a new pope. However, two of those 110 will turn 80 in the next month.

In 1973, Pope Paul VI established that the maximum number of cardinal electors be set at 120. While John Paul frequently went over that ceiling, Benedict said that by naming 12 cardinal electors Wednesday, he intended to bring the total number of electors to Paul VI's limit.

Under John Paul, the College of Cardinals became more international and less Italian, although Europe as a whole still is the largest bloc, followed by the Latin Americans.

By naming three Asians on Wednesday and two Americans, Benedict gave Asia the same number of cardinals as North America: 20.

During his 26-year pontificate, John Paul presided over nine consistories, creating a total of 231 cardinals.

Cardinals have been the sole electors of the pontiff for nearly 1,000 years and it remains their most important job. For centuries, they have chosen the pope from their own ranks, locked away in a secret conclave like the April 18-19 one that resulted in Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's election as pope.


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 From the Vatican: When to Set Up Christmas Decorations

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "When to Set Up Christmas Decorations
And More on Funeral Masses, and Confessions

ROME, NOV. 29, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University.

Q: What would you consider an appropriate time during Advent to put up Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and other decorations in churches and Christian homes? -- B.O., Lewistown, Pennsylvania

A: This question is simple only in appearance because customs surrounding the celebration of Christmas vary widely among different cultures.

From a strictly liturgical standpoint the preparations for receiving the Christ Child intensify from Dec. 17 onward and this is probably a good time to set up the parish crib, except for the image of the child, which is often added just before Midnight Mass in more or less solemn fashion.

Other parishes prefer to set up the crib on Christmas Eve. There are no official rites regarding this widespread custom.

In those places that use the Advent wreath, it is placed on the first Sunday of Advent. The Book of Blessings issued by the U.S. bishops' conference contains a simple rite for blessing the Advent wreath which may profitably be used.

Dec. 17 or the nearest Sunday might also be a good date to set up Christmas trees and other decorations in Christian homes, but it really depends on local custom and tradition. It is unnecessary, however, to fall under the spell of commercial enterprises which tend to anticipate the Christmas season, sometimes even before Advent begins.

Because some Christmas decorations have often lost their original religious meaning, churches should be rather cirspect about employing them and should do so with great discretion. If used at all, these decorations are best set up on Christmas Eve so as to respect the integrity of the Advent season.

Christmas trees are preferably located outside the sanctuary and church proper, and are best left in vestibules or church grounds. This has been the practice in St. Peter's Square from the time of Pope John Paul II.

As far as possible, decorations should be religiously themed, leaving plastic reindeer, sugar canes and Santa Clauses in the local shopping mall or at least within the confines of the parish hall for children's events.

Within the church proper, apart from the crib, Christmas may be evoked by using, for example, traditional poinsettias, holly and other traditional elements according to the culture.

As I mentioned, different cultures celebrate Christmas in various ways.

In some countries, such as Venezuela, many people live the novena before Christmas by attending a special "crow" Mass celebrated at 5 a.m. each day.

In Mexico, during this same period, family and neighbors often take turns in hosting a "posada," a procession in which the group goes from house to house singing a traditional song in which St. Joseph and Mary request, and are refused, hospitality until finally they are festively welcomed at the last home, which has prepared snacks and traditional games for all.

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Follow-up: Funeral Masses

A New Zealand reader asked for clarifications regarding our mention of Canon 1184 that "those who requested cremation for motives contrary to the Christian faith" were not to be given a Church funeral (see Nov. 15).

She asks: "Can you please tell me what motives for cremation might be considered contrary to Christian faith?"

The proviso in this canon is presumably rarely actually invoked. A person would only incur such a prohibition if, before death, he or she requested cremation explicitly and publicly motivated by a denial of some aspect of Christian faith regarding life after death.

Among possible such motivations would be a lack of faith in the survival of the immortal soul and thus requesting cremation to emphasize the definitiveness of death. Another could be the denial of belief in the resurrection of the dead.

More recently, some nominal Catholics who have dabbled in New Age pantheism or believe in doctrines such as reincarnation or migration of souls might request cremation in order to follow these esoteric doctrines or the customs of some Eastern religions.

In all such cases the motivation for seeking cremation is contrary to Catholic doctrine and, if this fact is publicly known, performing a Church funeral could cause scandal or imply that holding to Church doctrine is really not that important.

Since one or two questions arose from our follow-up on confession and Christian initiation (see Nov. 1 and 15) I wish to address the topic one more time.

One reader posed a theological teaser to our statement that "If conditional baptism is foreseen, the confession should be postponed until a suitable time after the celebration, since certainty is required in questions regarding the validity of the sacraments."

He asked: "However, if the conditional baptism is administered at the Easter Vigil [as is often the case], it will immediately be followed by confirmation and first Communion. It would seem that the candidate should receive a conditional absolution before receiving these sacraments."

Our reader has a valid point, but I do not think that such a practice is appropriate. Although hearing confessions is allowed during Mass, there is a general law that the sacrament of penance is never combined with the celebration of Mass in such a way that it forms part of the rite itself.

Cases of conditional baptism are relatively rare, and the doubt regarding the previous "baptism" is usually well founded. There is almost nothing regarding this precise theme in theological manuals. Yet I think that the conditional baptism, either because it is the first true baptism, or in virtue of the Church's intention if the person was already validly baptized, will have the effect of placing the person in the state of grace and able to fruitfully receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist.

We could consider it as somewhat analogous to a person who returns to the state of grace though an act of perfect contrition. In normal cirstances this is still insufficient to accede to the sacraments until after receiving sacramental absolution. In certain extraordinary cirstances, however, a person may receive some sacraments before confession if there is no possible alternative and confess later at the earliest opportunity.

A Houston reader requested clarification regarding confessing a member of the Eastern Churches: "With respect to confessions of the Eastern Orthodox, can the priest absolve them for the sin of schism if the priest is not receiving the penitent into the Catholic Church? Does it matter whether the individual was baptized by an Orthodox priest or is a Catholic who has left the Catholic Church for an Orthodox Church? There are many Catholics who leave the Catholic Church for Orthodox Churches, and I am curious to know whether they can receive absolution from a Catholic priest while remaining Orthodox."

We need to consider several points. Sin always involves a personal choice made with full deliberation and knowledge. For this reason it is not reasonable to say that a person who was born and raised in an Eastern Church is personally guilty of the sin of schism.

This is one probable reason why the Church makes no mention of this aspect when granting permission for a Catholic priest to administer the sacraments to them.

The case of a Catholic who has left the Church is in a different position and, except in cases of danger of death, would normally have to be reconciled with the Church before receiving absolution.

For the sake of precision, we would be dealing with a Catholic who has abandoned the Catholic Church, thus breaking communion with the Pope and bishops, and not that of a Latin-rite Catholic who switches rites to one of the Eastern Catholic Churches.

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Readers may send questions to news@zenit.org. Please put the word "Liturgy" in the subject field. The text should include your initials, your city and your state, province or country.


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 From the Vatican: Plenary Indulgence for Solemnity IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "VATICAN CITY: Plenary Indulgence for Solemnity IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

From: Father Richard Gant rgant@stx.rr.com
[CATHOLIC NEWS] http://solt3.org/mailman/listinfo/catholicnews

http://212.77.1.245/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/d0_en.htm

PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR SOLEMNITY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

VATICAN CITY, NOV 29, 2005 (VIS) - According to a decree made public today, Benedict XVI will grant the faithful a Plenary Indulgence for the forthcoming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2005). The decree is signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Fr. John Francis Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

"December 8," the text reads, "will mark 40 years since Servant of God Paul VI, Supreme Pontiff, who had already proclaimed the Virgin Mary as Mother of the Church, in closing Vatican Council II dedicated great praise to the Virgin who, as Mother of Christ, is Mother of God and spiritual Mother to us all.

"On this Solemnity, the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, when he renders public homage of praise to Mary Immaculate, has the heartfelt desire that the entire Church should join with him, so that all the faithful, united in the name of the common Mother, become ever stronger in the faith, adhere with greater devotion to Christ, and love their brothers with more fervent charity. From here - as Vatican Council II very wisely taught - arise works of mercy towards the needy, observance of justice, and the defense of and search for peace."

For this reason, the decree continues, the Holy Father "has kindly granted the gift of Plenary Indulgence which may be obtained under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff), with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin, on the forthcoming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, by the faithful if they participate in a sacred function in honor of the Virgin, or at least offer open testimony of Marian devotion before an image of Mary Immaculate exposed for public veneration, adding the recitation of the Our Father and of the Creed, and some invocation to the Virgin."

The doent concludes by recalling that faithful who "through illness or other just cause," are unable to participate in a public ceremony or to venerate an image of the Virgin, "may obtain a Plenary Indulgence in their own homes, or wherever they may be, if, with the soul completely removed from any form of sin, and with the intention of observing the aforesaid conditions as soon as possible, they unite themselves in spirit and in desire to the Supreme Pontiff's intentions in prayer to Mary Immaculate, and recite the Our Father and the Creed."
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 From the Vatican: Vatican Cardinal Condemns Schiavo Death

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/w-eur/2005/mar/31/033108433.html

Today: March 31, 2005 at 8:53:40 PST

Vatican Cardinal Condemns Schiavo Death as "an attack against God."

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ROME (AP) -

A Vatican cardinal denounced the death Thursday of Terri Schiavo, saying that removing the feeding tube that kept her alive was "an attack against God."

Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican's office for sainthood, said that "an attack against life is an attack against God, who is the author of life."

The Florida woman suffered severe brain damage after a heart attack 15 years ago. The feeding tube that had been keeping her alive was removed with a judge's approval on March 18.

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 From the Vatican: Pope Scheduled to Impart Blessing on Easter

Interesting Events and News StoriesAnonymous writes "Date: 2005-03-08

6 Cardinals to Preside in His Name at Holy Week Celebrations

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 8, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II, still hospitalized following his tracheotomy, is expected to impart his traditional blessing at the Vatican on Easter Sunday, the Holy See announced.

Still unknown is which liturgical ceremonies the Pope will participate in during Holy Week. The Holy Father, 84, has been recovering from his operation at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome.

Six cardinals will preside over liturgical celebrations that week on behalf of the Pope, according to an announcement today by the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

On Monday, Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro Valls announced that the Holy Father will decide on his participation in Holy Week ceremonies once he leaves the hospital.

According to the liturgical calendar, the Pope might also preside at Good Friday's Stations of the Cross in the Colosseum. No one has been assigned yet to preside over the ceremony.

Otherwise, the celebrations planned for this Holy Week will follow the schedule of recent years.

According to the program, on March 20, Palm Sunday, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome, will bless the palms and olive branches and, at the end of the procession, celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Passion.

The Chrism Mass and the blessing of the holy oils on Holy Thursday morning, March 24, will be presided over by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

The Mass of the Lord's Last Supper will take place in the afternoon in St. Peter's Basilica, presided over by Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

On Good Friday, March 25, Cardinal James Stafford, major penitentiary of the Church, will preside at the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica. Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, will preach the homily.

The Stations of the Cross will begin at 9:15 p.m. at the Colosseum. This year, the meditations of the 14 traditional stations will be written by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Easter Vigil on Saturday will begin early, at 8 p.m., in St. Peter's Basilica, presided over by Cardinal Ratzinger and concelebrated by cardinals present in Rome.

At 10:30 a.m. on Easter, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square. At midday, John Paul II is expected to impart the traditional blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city of Rome and the world).


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 From the Vatican: Where to Send E-mails to Pope

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See opened an e-mail address for those wishing to send a message of closeness to John Paul II, re-hospitalized since last week at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome.

The address, announced on the Vatican's Web page, is john_paul_ii@vatican.va.

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